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Authors and Websites
The Freedom Stone Forums
  • Recommended by Astra Kiseki
  • Pairings: Yes.
  • Comments: Originally the forum for an Exalted webcomic, the Freedom Stone ended up a hub for various fan fiction and fan art for Exalted. It has a NSFW forum exclusively for pornographic works, a very small kink meme, and a cluster of skilled authors, some who do short drabbles, some who do novel length epics, and some in between. Unfortunately, it's mostly dead at this point.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Shataina's Story by Lydia Laurenson (a.k.a. Shataina) (warning: it gets fairly brutal in parts, and there is one scene of implied rape)

  • Recommended by Mike
  • Status
    • Prelude and Book 1: Complete
    • Book 2: Dead
  • Synopsis: Shataina's Story begins as a story about the mortal Dynast Mnemon Lin Shataina, who Exalts as a Zenith-caste Solar during the middle of a major Dynastic party and flees to the South. It then follows her as she gathers followers and works to overthrow a corrupt kingdom.
  • Comments: Well, for starters, it's long — about 290 double spaced pages, according to the author. It is a continuation of the author's senior thesis (the "prelude" section is simply a slightly updated version), and the other parts of the thesis can be found on the main website. It also happens to be a Dead Fic, as Lydia has moved on to writing for White Wolf as an intern, and doesn't have time to update anymore. It is written with good attention to detail, and begins as an interesting look at the reactions of a Dynast who has suddenly become Anathema. The main character is something of a self-insert (and really, looking at the name and the author's online handle, that should be obvious) but never strays. Well, no more than is implied by the rules of the setting. Shataina's Story is a novelization of the events of a game of Exalted, and therefore there are a few things that don't quite make sense in character (as Lydia was influenced by out-of-game things when playing Shataina).

Fate and the Iron Tiger by Dr. Bender.

  • Recommended by Senevri, Unhappy and Grant MK 2
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A heroic mortal comes into possession of a Jade Daiklave, and pretends to be Dragonblooded. Caught between two Supernatural martial arts schools and the machinations of the Sidereal, hijinks ensue.
  • Comments: Ignore the whole TG aspect, which is mostly background noise thus far, this is better than either of the two official Exalted novels I've read, unfortunately it's only the first chapter.
    • It's only one chapter, but it's still over 40,000 words.
      • Not anymore. Now there is a second chapter. So there is much rejoicing.
      • A somewhat regular update schedule has apparently reared its head, along with a proper title page, as there are now five chapters!
    • This one is a difficult one for me. It certainly has some interesting twists and the quality of the writing is better than average, but it feels like transforming men into women has become the main point of the story. Gender bending that could have been an excellent way of throwing new light on relationships and questioning gender seems just to be done for the sake of doing so. So recommended, but hesitantly and with concerns for whether this might start to overwhelm the general plot.
    • The fic seems to have entered the author's magical realm, and lost its original draw of cunning hijinks.

St. Cyntherea's Institute by assorted.

  • Recommended by Peteman
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: A series of short stories depicting the Yozis as mentally unstable children in the real world. It can get into some creepy territory, particularly with the Ebon Dragon's child avatar.

The Odyssey by Rihaku.

  • Recommended by Ormembar Senevri
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Sesus Ulyssian is the first mortal student to ever step between the gates of the Imperial Naval Academy. This story chronicles his desperate struggle to measure up to his Exalted peers, dodge reprisal from the Immaculate Order, and prove that a mere human can make a difference in the face of an uncaring and oppressive society.
    • It also has its own page. The story is currently ongoing and told in quest format, so if you want to participate, go here.
    • The author has started a continuation of The Odyssey on Sufficient Velocity called Most High with a story only thread on Spacebattles here

Keychain of Creation by Padraig O Ruanai

Chorus of the Neverborn by Kyle and Laurel

  • Recommended by Piattish
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A pair of happily married Renegade Abyssals, Lance the Midnight Caste and Contessa the Day Caste, raise their family, pretend to be the Emissary of Nexus and try to ignore the Neverborn that speak to them nonstop. However, one of their sons flies the coop, and the Neverborn begin to say that their children will be the ones that destroy Creation - and Contessa believes them.

Untruths of Time Book 1 by S.Hagen.

  • Recommended by Tikor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ivory and Heron Jade Eyes fall into traveling with one another while Ivory's past and Heron's habits gather trouble worthy of two Solar Exalted. The spirit tiger brings the heart, a few Abyssals bring the drama, and it comes together in a grand tale.

Of the Time Before by Clockworkchaos
  • Recommended by Exploding Frogs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, told in the style of the Legend of the Titans from the Ink Monkeys articles. No one from Exalted is directly named, but it's very clear who is who if you're familiar with the series. Of the creation of the Divine sisters and their peers, and of Equestria and of the Elements of Harmony.
  • Pairing(s): Luna/OC is hinted at, but never confirmed.
  • Comments: Truly magnificent, and somehow manages to be Original Flavor for both canons. You will honestly believe, after having read this, that the ponies might really have had their origins in Creation. There are a few spelling and grammar errors here and there, but they don't detract that much from the story, at least not to the point of throwing one entirely out of it.

A Green Sun Illuminates the Void by EarthScorpion

  • Recommended by Reyemile II, Senevri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A crossover with The Familiar of Zero. Louise's failure to summon a familiar earns her an Infernal Exaltation—and with it great power, uncanny insight, and a perverted demon in her head that just won't shut up.
  • Comments: Immaculately written, well plotted, and demonstrating an expert understanding of both source materials. Worth reading even if you're not familiar with either series.

Glorious Shotgun Princess by Gregg Landsman (author of Nobody Dies and Walking in the Shadow of Dreams)

  • Recommended By Fenix, Gamerex 27, Andyroid, Peteman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Exaltation of the Unconquered Sun is a tricky thing. Especially when it doesn't come with a manual. Jane Shepard, who was able to talk Spectres into suicide before getting a spiritual superweapon grafted to her soul, has a new advantage. Crossover with Mass Effect.
  • Comments: Notable moments include Shepard literally punching the Kepral's Syndrome out of Thane.
    • I second this fic. Before I read it, I had no idea what Exalted was, nor did I have any desire to play it or any other tabletop Role Playing Games. Now, I have a strong urge to do so. The purpose of the Exalted blends seamlessly with facing the threat of the Reapers. Even more remarkable is the fact that, even with all the added powers, Shepard still comes off as a realistic character.

Cast in Gold by Shyft (SpaceBattles links: thread 1, thread 2, rough draft; SufficientVelocity thread)

  • Recommended by The Road, Aegeus
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: In which the Unconquered Sun Exalts one Ikari Shinji as a Zenith Caste, and the plot shoots off the Evangelion rails shortly thereafter. Or, if you prefer the author's own words: "What makes a hero? A Cause? Survival? Power? Maybe all of the above."
  • Comments: Well written, but not flawless. Commendable for taking certain characters in directions that are simultaneously logical from a character development viewpoint, and also almost unprecedented in the realm of Evangelion fanfiction (or at least, what Evangelion fanfiction I've read).
    • What's interesting about this fic is that it uses all the bits of Exalted power that don't get as much attention. Shinji's Solar Hero Style isn't that useful against the Angels, but he gets to show off Solar Medicine, Solar Bureaucracy, and even Solar Cooking. His powers affect every aspect of this story in some way.

Trials of the God-Harem King by Alexander

  • Recommended By Kyriotsu
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Issei Hyodo. High School Student. Oppai Enthusiast. Holder of the Sacred Gear. Twilight Caste Solar Exalt. Oh dear. Crossover with High School Dx D.
  • Comments: To put it bluntly? A hilariously written choose-your-own-adventure Quest hosted on Questionable Questing, melding the worlds of Creation and High School Dx D (to a point) - the author doing so with a very solid writing style, a witty turn of phrase, and a penchant for knowing exactly what his readers want to see. Thrill to glorious Solar antics! Chill to grandiose sweeping action and a plot that screamed right off the rails while brofisting Sol Invictus on the way by! And watch certain annoying grilled chicken bastards getting Solar Hero Style'd right to the face.

Glorious Echeladder Ascension Technique by Ryumaru

  • Recommended by Jackalyn
  • Status: Dormant; last updated November 2019
  • Synopsis: There was a rush, and that was it. The Game was Over. And that should have been the end of it. But the decrees of Fate are not so simple as a quiet victory and a trip home. Or, rather, “home” was not where it was expected to be. Crossover with Homestuck.
  • Comments: A fun story as the characters of Homestuck fresh from their victory are scattered across Creation. Very good characterization as you can see the reasoning as to what and why the characters exalt as, and they are set on a path that will lead them directly into the plans of the Deathlords.

Little Sun Dragon by Fixerupper

  • Recommended by Calculatus
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Synopsis: Yang wakes up in Creation, Exalted.
  • Comments: The idea is incredibly awesome, so I couldn't resist checking it out. It hasn't disappointed so far.

Miracles of Ancient Wonder Book One: Beacon by GravelessUniverse

  • Recommended by Tikor
  • Status: Complete (Book two is Complete as of 6/2/2018)
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Synopsis: Ozpin and the faculty of Beacon are part of a Remnant-wide network that hunts Anathema in fear of their awe-inspiring powers. Having a golden or silver Anima, being preternaturally skilled in combat, persuasion, or intellect all earn suspicion of being tainted with an Anathema shard. The Wyld Hunt has several increasingly life-threatening tests, and failing any of them earns the Anathema death. Into this lions den enter an extremely gifted team of youngsters, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang...

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

None yet.