I was excited, for the first time, to encounter a "hard brick" and the infamous JTAG hardware defibrillator thingies as an observatory though.
Then found out no soldering skills required. Just pop n hook it up to the Riff software.
In a less than a minute or so, the i717 was right back into "Download" mode or in other words, revived from the dead!
*Brings a while perspective to things. Anyway, it was my own fault for the brick by not following proper instructions.