A spirited, reddish-haired girl of secretly royal lineage, influenced by the darkness in her life, rides atop a feisty grey wolf that's proportionally large to her, one whose true form is two-footed and whose true purpose is to be a hero chosen by fate; they come together with a mission to oppose an evil ruler and to liberate their two very different peoples.
So, are we talking TBQ, or LoZ? The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has had more of an influence on The Bandit Queen than I initially realized. And now for a brief history on the birth of TBQ.
TBQ's first page, Snowfall, was written as satire. What? Yes. Satire. I was trying to make fun of overly-florid creative writing, only to realize I flippin' loved it. So I thought I'd make a short story, still making everything up as I went along. And then I got into the thick of the flashback, finally realizing that TBQ's length would far exceed that which was originally intended. It would become a novel.
Now that you know this, I will tell you that I consciously took the idea of riding on a wolf from Twilight Princess. I've always thought that that aspect of the game was totally badass. As for the rest of the similarities, most of it was completely unplanned.