The robes are going to be for tutors and helpers throughout the game. They're going to be the only characters that use this specific robe design so that (hopefully) they'll stick out.
I'm taking HopeDagger's advise and I'm going to make the game that I want to make instead of one that I think will win the contest. So, I'm off to try learning A*.
Any comments on the sprites?
Edit: Almost forgot, I also did a new skull (actually, I modified the old one):
I don't know why, but it made think of pirates so I named it that.
Also, I made all of the sprites in the entry (even though the armor looks like the armor from that other character sprite.) I'm still working on adding some detail to the robes.
Edit2: Ahaha. I just tried making a gif animation for the robe (to see what it looked like) and it doesn't work. At all. Good thing I didn't plan on having them move[wink].