Learned a few things (I think) from my testing, and am ready to move on and be a bit more... aggressive.
Consequently I'm editing the companionscript in the main master now, and just noticed something interesting.
Original version = 517 lines
Experimental 1.3 = 384 lines
So when I say I cut ten metric fucktonnes of shit from the script, I ain't a'kiddin'.
Will this work?
Hell if I know, but I'm running out of options here, and signs point to yes, as the old Magic 8 Ball used to say.