One case of this I came across was the fabled prop shield. An all/all shield with something like 530 AC (the most of any shield that could be equipped by a caster or melee class) and 25 AGI. Most people thought it was no longer in the loot table, others simply had no idea where they dropped. I, however, had met a new friend when I returned to the game for the last time. He knew where they dropped and he wanted to see if they still did. We farmed for hours, and he farmed even more without me. Finally one night after I logged out for the night, one dropped for him. He sold it for 35 million tunar. Not even on auction. Over the next two days we farmed 2 more. Selling them both for around 50 million a piece on auction and splitting the profits. We had intended to farm more and keep them for ourselves, but we never did. As far as I know, those three prop shields were the last ever looted in EQOA.
That is one of the things I love about EQOA still. Even as the game became easier in some regards, other things became new again. As some things became only too familiar, others passed into legend. Lore was forgotten, and, if you so desired, it was out there to rediscover. I was never much of a raider and I didn’t care much about having the best gear or maxed stats. It was the rare, cool, unknown, hidden secrets that I desired. Sadly, I’m sure the sun set on EQOA with many undiscovered secrets still well hidden.