Got the beast claws, I haven't tested much but the beasts embrace dashes seem to last longer but don't look to travel further, the roll looks longer and I'm sure the back step travels further, the regular dashes have less recovery frames tested from mashing dodges. Apparently the beasts embrace and milkweed runes dodges have armour and you take reduced damage during them and falling, likely to compensate for the longer animations.
Also I fought orphan of kos and got them down to half life first attempt(even parried them) and a few times after, got worse with subsequent attempts but I'll beat them tomorrow for sure. Their phase 1 seem easier than Ludwig phase 1, only the last phase really gives me trouble due to the projectiles and lightning.
Humanoid bosses make more sense to me, Ludwig and the other beast bosses have some bizarre patterns and hitboxes due to their designs being large monsters with erratic movements and large hitboxes rather than humanoid bosses, compare Ludwig phase 1 to his upright humanoid phase 2 with clear swipes and not spastic-multi limb movements. I suppose I'm more familiar with the human form, I know what to expect due to their physical structure.
Orphans patterns immediately make sense to me, the hit boxes too, the lightning confused me at first but I think I can see the pattern now. Still a damn tough boss for sure, you really have to know his patterns and the exact way to avoid them since he's so aggressive, Ludwig was tough until I mastered his moveset, orphan is very swift and requires a lot more dexterity I find, so much more demanding than Ludwig.
I like the lore implications also, Orphan seems like they might be tied to Gherman, I assume since he's the first hunter he had a hand in some of the bygenwerth shenanigans, since he also trained lady Maria and she's trapped in the nightmare guarding the secrets of the fishing hamlet. When you kill Maria the doll gets some new dialogue so I wonder if Gherman will too, maybe it's his nightmare(he has dialogue while sleeping about Willem and Laurence) and maybe he fucked that big fish kos who looks a lot like those squid things in the nightmare frontier(who along with winter lanterns and the brain of mensis have messengers within them, poor messengers).
Orphan looks sort of like a naked fish Gherman, even has a makeshift hunters saif from its placenta it seems(reminds me of re4 krauser bio blades). It also reminds me of Grendel from the Beowulf tale, more so in design and behaviour of the animated film version(similar screams too), their mentality is that of a violent infant with potential god like powers due to human/mythical creature heritage.