He's not gunna kill the Phoenix, it's pivotal to his storyline. In retrospect maybe instead of the treasure chest, it should have been the esper crystal in the cave. And if I remember right, it was a molten lava type of underground cave... but you guys didn't remind me in time so it's really all on you.
In any case, I'm digging through old stuff that I never finished since it gives me more of a jumpstart than starting from scratch. No idea what I'll find next. It's like a little graveyard of .psd files.
Hope ya dig!
*EDIT: I woke up today and logged into Deviant to see that I had over 1k new messages. Never having happened before, I thought there had to be a busy stock photographer posting pics last night (because I usually see them upload in batches the most).
But wow, thanks everyone! Day made!