When a character goes dormant, time still works on the possessions of that character
and over time many things will be'ravaged by time' and disappear. This is absolutely
necessary because its impossible for all items for every character to be stored
indefinitely, plus it keeps the economy moving.
This does mean that when a player comes back after a long dormancy they tend to have
lost many items, and if warfare and conquest has taken place, even the gold they
placed in safe-keeping in the city bank before leaving has often been lost. In such
cases it has long been my policy to help returnees with basic items and a little gold
to help them get back on their feet.
Over the Christmas period there was a BUG. Around 16 character who fell dormant(didn't
log on for 30 days) accidentally had all their inventory wiped. Obviously in such a case
as this we have undertaken to replace all missing items as far as possible. As soon as
the bug was noticed it was fixed.
This has led to some confusion with regard to dormant characters returning after many
months or years, reading the post about the above bug and understanding it to mean that
they will have all their items returned. This is not and never has been the case. To add
to the confusion, some haven't even read the original post but have been told by others
that they are so entitled.
I will listen to pleas for help sympathetically, but full resoration for someone who has
voluntarily been away for months is simply not feasible or desirable for various reasons.
I hope this is now clear to all.
Written by my hand on the 21st of Paglost, in the year 1203.