Hey Vlad,When we spoke briefly about some alternate ideas re. adaptation that might give you 'what you want' re. character design etc., I mentioned a piece of classical music entitled Le Festin de l'araignee - or The Spider's Banquet - by Roussel: with parts of the suite entitled things like: 'Entrance of the Dung-Beetles' and 'Dance of the May-Fly' - it's very evocative, and because it's based on a classical composition, it's also very free in terms of adaptation.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwzrpuMt9Hwhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider%27s_FeastI'd really like to see you embrace the opportunity to truly adapt something, as opposed to shoehorn existing or comfortable archetypes into a story to which those ideas have no true or legitimate relationship - for example, taking a Bulgarian story about humans in an agricultural setting, and forcing it to resemble the world you want to paint. It would be much more legitimate to choose a source that enables proper creative development a) because it's more free to begin with and b) because it represents a surprise and departure for you too. Anyway - have a listen, do some digging and see what you think.
I like the idea Phil, very thoughtful of you, thank you!I will try to come up with some images based on the piece :)