Wait, for real people think that on the designs front? I mean, without meaning to come across as a brown-noser, Tomix's char designs have always been my fave. When I play DF I wanna sit back and let rip. I wanna see something zany... I honestly love how DF both adheres to, parodies and sometimes completely veers off to the left of classic fantasy tropes; just depending on how things're feeling that week! I'm no expert, but it feels like the DF devs really get to let rip with their imaginations as they fancy, and I reckon the game's better off for it.
We got a great ending with Serenity when all was said and done, and a great new chapter in Guardian Kain's story as well, so I think the little people are being respected as well as the plot-defining characters. It's a tilter only when characters aren't respected. It's perfectly fine for characters to suffer and even die, but if it feels like some are there only to be expendables down the road, that's a shame. Serenity's had her full story, and... even though her killing is still sad, because of her death and the long catharsis thereafter, she became a much greater presence on the story, a much greater character because of it... when she wouldn't have been otherwise.
Granted some could argue that the denizens of Falconreach escaped Black Winter remarkably unscathed all things considered, but I'd call that a deserved reward after those thirteen meeeelleeeeoooonnn waves! I guess it's like if George R.R Martin made you break a sweat for Tyrion's sake.
P.S: Oh yeah, I'm with Friend. Gaelan looked decidedly dudely to me on first sight. He's got a soft-skinned face, even an unblemished one, but it still straightaway looks like a man's face.