As mentioned in my last post, I'm loath to promise anything, but I can mention the following since they are a done deal and I confirmed they are backed up on the cloud if worst comes to worst.
* Finally got the character art I needed requisitioned, again from Fumirei on the RPG Maker Central forums. It was pricy, but the quality was so good I happily ate the cost, it was well worth paying for.
Seriously, Fumirei is a good artist, throw them your money, you will get some fine artwork in the exchange.
* Actually have a fair bit of work done already, but I'm unsure what a good "stopping place" would be. I also have to test a lot of event code, so the more I add, the more event code I need to test.
* I went back and touched up a few dungeons, especially the towers, they should now, thanks to some creative design, appear to have actual height as you ascend each floor.
* I'm coming up with another dry spot when it comes to some other resources. I have what I need on hand, trick is gonna be sifting through all of it. Once I have that sorted out, progress will resume.