I have started to discuss the character sprite style and bard concept with William Hennes, and hopefully will have something to show you guys soon.
I'm also working on the game title. Since Lotus is not something that by itself I'll be able to register, I'm thinking about something of a subtitle.
The first thing that popped to my mind was: "Lotus: The will of the gods", and it matches the lore, as the game is basically about faith and looking for meaning in life, through the eyes of several characters. Well, we will see how this turns out!