i could spend another 20 hours dithering this, but i am out of town this weekend and thus out of time. it would be a shame to put this much effort into it and not submit.
did i mention i get very bored of dithering very quickly?
might tweak some palette values but thats it until i find more time in the future.
Edit: ive gotten almost everything finished that i want to do with this piece, so i can feel much more at peace with it now. Ive torn out a few values only to realize that there were definitely a few colors needed elsewhere, so the color count remains at 28.