Anyway, it took a couple of days, but I coded up and rewrote sections of the code base which I had been working off of lately. As of now, on Sunday night, I am a tweaked camera-class away from being exactly where I was on Thursday. So whoo. It's called Rawr (a name spawned from Drilian's fantastic suggestion). And this is the first thing I was greeted with after I finished a draft of the camera class (greatly influenced by the DXUT first-person class).
Did I mention that I can't manipulate any aspect of the camera yet for some reason? Because I can't. So thanks for the visuals, id. I hate you.