I don't know exactly when they changed, but the portraits for Leda (Grand Protector, starting mission) and Esther Bright (main quest npc) became rather ugly, to be quite frank. They were bright and colorful in prior nightly builds, and despite the lack of different faces, they felt like cartoons that you could like. Now, they're trying too hard to look realistic with the same palette. Giant noses, faces that don't fit with the rest of the game, and so on. They're as out of place as the placeholder sprites fossils once had (the shrunk jpeg files). My suggestion is that these new sprites be reverted to the more lively ones we once had. They were fine, especially since all the other characters have goofy cartoon faces and look just fine.