Nabe wrote:The Maintainer fight (Is this still a thing, Shemp?)
I have no clue what the plot is. All the plot thread is kicking around currently are a bunch of mutually exclusive modifications to the original plot that all seem fairly popular individually. I'm working on a modification of the original that would suggest the entire thing is a dream or maybe not, but I would assume that the gods structure remains. If it does, and if we use the gods as I envisaged them, I would suggest the following concepts. I'm bad at boss design and art, so see what you can come up with. I have no idea how much of this is feasible.
Another humanoid, smaller than the other two, but still larger than a normal human. The Maintainer is composed entirely out of straight lines and regular shapes - similar to a Minecraft person, for example, but with joints in its limbs like a normal person. Or kind of like a normal person, at least, because the Maintainer's joints aren't one-directional like a person's, but bend 360 degrees in all directions. The Maintainer also lacks a face or any sort of detail: it wears no clothes, but has no genitals of any kind anyway, like a Barbie/Ken doll, and its skin is a uniform shade of grey. When Sheath breaks it, it collapses to a small grey cube.
I think the most visually effective way for it to attack and emphasise its lack of humanity would be to attack with its arms, but have its arms bend in unnatural directions as it does so. For instance it could stretch its arms out, as in actually make them longer as if they're collapsible, then spin the forearms around in circles, with a 360 rotation of the elbow joint. Another creepy attack would be to stretch the neck out and down so that the head is below the body, then sweep the neck across the screen in a swiping attack.
For the vulnerable phase, it could stop attacking and open its body like a door(resting?). Attack the opening to hurt it.
When it reveals its true form at the end, it is, like the Creator, a very large humanoid being, but this time made entirely out of fire, except for burning coals for eyes. When Sheath breaks it, it reverts to a piece of continually smouldering coal.
The SHMUP-type boss that was being worked on could be repurposed as the Destroyer. Just make it fling various patterns of fire around the room.
I'd suggest shooting at its coal eyes with arrows to hurt it.