PE, i'm doing something along these lines, and have the first couple of chapters down in another thread (The Great Dark Age), with the rest following in sections. It feels a little like a European story at the beginning, but will slowly evolve into something with more of an Eastern feel. But with pirates! I'm not sure exactly what's going to happen, as i'm writing it on the fly, but hopefully it will collect a few tenets of Eastern philosophy along the way.
Roland Deschain - Half prophet, half gunslinger, all Pastafarian!
"Since Alexander Pearce escaped, over 250 people have disappeared in the Tasmanian wilderness. No remains have ever been found." - Dying Breed