OK, finally got my computer back. Because I'm lazy, I just went back and reloaded my last party from the end of 7.8 (I had skipped the respawn because I didn't realize it was new and different, and I was in a hurry before shipping out). Even walking in there with a level 20 party, those new critters gave me quite a scare. The animations are awesome and scary too. From the looks of things, they'd be quite the challenge for a 12th-15th level party that hasn't fully crafted yet. In fact, enough of a scare that I think I'll hold off a little when I play through with 7.9. As always, great work Gaear!