I wanted Ekimu and Makuta's relationship to be more interesting than in G2. My idea was this:
Ekimu and Makuta are still friends, even in conflict. I imagined it sort of like the Greek Gods in the Trojan War where they are playing an elaborate game of chess with each other. Maybe they had a bet to see if Ekimu's creations could beat Makuta's. They wouldn't become arch enemies, though, they would just be having a friendly competition.
What do you think?