Thanks for the amazing write up Joe, great screenshots.
So, we have to be denied real loot because of our play-style? It keeps regular players on their toes to be sure a thief isn't lurking. A Tamer can mow villains with their pets because they put in the effort, PKer's get to loot it off others because of their work put into their toons, same goes for bards and other PvM templates, but we are denied, and to be great takes serious reflexes and quick thinking (seriously underrated by others). So, yeah it is obvious play-style discrimination. I'm still convinced that there must be a lot of ex-WoW players on this server. lol ;p But still, it was fun for a bit.
If you've been playing a thief this whole time, you have been better off than non thieves. You had the ability to cherry pick silver and trophies off snoop-able NPCs for the last 3 months.
During the boss event, you could have snooped pirates to see if they had a banner and lured those who did off into the jungle to be killed. It's technique.
Wait, so those banners couldnt be picked up off the ground or looted from mob boss corpses if you were on a thief? Thats messed up!
Anyone could pick them up, anyone could loot them. They are 15 stones each. 5 spawned on the ground (in total) and 10 in NPC's backpacks.