If a thief steals from an Innocent and anyone notices the
theft, the thief is flagged as a Criminal and will appear
grey to everyone for 2 minutes. In addition, anytime a thief
successfully steals from a victim the thief becomes a permanent
Criminal to the victim. The permanently flagged thief will
have a grey name but the thief will still highlight blue.
Note that the thief is still a Criminal and can be attacked
by anyone but only the thief's victims will know for certain
that the thief is indeed a Criminal (by the grey name). So
be careful when someone asks for help killing a thief that
appears blue to you.
These changes will mean that thieves will not be able
to hang around in one place for a very long time without
the threat of being killed by other players seeking retribution.
Thieves will have to learn to pick their victims carefully
and then move out of the area and find a new mark.
Stealing from any of the following will generate a permanent
- an Innocent player
- a blue NPC
- a blue pet or summoned creature
- a blue monster (not that you should expect to see one)
Stealing items that say "that item must be stolen" or
stealing from a town chest will not generate a permanent
Stealing Outcomes when stealing from a victim
Can a thief ever lose the "permanent" Criminal status?
- Actually, "permanently" is defined as "until the thief
dies". When the thief dies he will be given a 2-minute
Criminal flag. Once that flag expires the thief becomes
What happens if I cast a benefitial spell on a permanently
flagged thief who appears blue to me?
- Nothing. Because the thief is blue it is treated as
if the thief is an innocent. You will not be flagged as
Why is a thief flagged to his/her victim even when
no one notices the theft?
- The main justification is for those players who cannot
separate themselves from their character. A lot of players
leave their backpack open. When they see an item removed
they know (as a player) they have been stolen from even
though their character may not have noticed the theft.
These players still want to be able to attack the thief.
- Will snooping flag me as a criminal?
- Snooping will not be a crime of any form but it will
lower Karma. Also, people will have a chance of noticing
Will stealing from a non-Innocent flag me as a criminal?
- No. Since non-Innocents can be killed without flagging
the attacker, they can also be stolen from without flagging
- Will I be flagged as a Criminal for stealing from
the town chests?
- Only if someone notices the theft.
- What is the definition of someone "noticing" the
- Anyone in the area receives the message "You notice
Jim trying to steal..." message.
How will stealing and snooping affect Reputation?
- Stealing and snooping always lower Karma. See
the Reputation section
for more information.