I personally don’t see the references to the Lost anywhere, as at the time, I hated that character with a burning passion. I only really give direct reference for Envy due to the fact that it would make for a very interesting fight in relation to others, considering that no boss splits into two. Other bosses using bombs is only a light homage to it more than anything. They might change in the end, considering we’re making sprites that go in a completely different direction than I intended on them - in a good way, of course.
I did already explain a lot of the new loot, of course, in a response to @EpicNecros. (Mainly why there’s so many drops, and why some are the way they are.) I wanted to have certain items have a uniqueness to them without going “OH THIS WEAPON HAS A SHOT THAT FIRES AT 33% WHILE THE OTHER FIRES AT 200%”, rather just having them inspire a unique playstyle. The Venomous Blade has its own niche in comparison to the Queen’s Stinger Dagger by having much more damage and a bit more range/RoF while taking away the pierce. Every item fits into what the general idea of the enemy that drops them, even if not down to the T. An example of this would be the Pterasitic Bow, which gives homage to the Parasite Chambers’ Horror Maw.
As for the descriptions, I may work on them later, as some are much more lavish than others, of course. (This is mainly for the set items, rather than the individual items.) Only one that I can say won’t change at all is the Bracelet of Shadows, because there’s a little “message” in there if you read it a certain way.
And boy, it would definitely be nice to get some advice/pointers from you on the whole thing, considering everyone is like “OMG PUFFAGOD PRAISE BE UNTO HIM”. I won’t try and force stuff, since you did give pointers in your post already.