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About an hour ago, GM Theia came into the AQ teamspeak and apologized for the initial bans that kicked off the entire mess. It turns out that Discord fundamentally misinterpreted the evidence of the 'ghost inventory exploit' that AQ was accused of. In fact, the 3 people who were banned all died inside the keep from earthquaking. Any false flagged items viewed by the GM's were flagged as such due to having just died inside the keep, and the items were on the corpses.
The entire mess was Discord's fault for poor analysis of evidence and his "100% proof" turns out to be 0% proof.
I would appreciate if Theia would publically reply to this thread, since I know you follow MMORPG. It would be good to have an official statement from SV.
To address a few other points: it has come to my attention that someone from AQ used a yellow account to chat spam the enemy after the initial bans were given. AQ does not condone the use of such an exploit, and it is a stain on the name that it happened. I personally apologize that such a thing happened; it is not classy. As an older member of AQ, all I can say is that young raging kids will be young raging kids and it never would have happened if it were not for 'false' GM bans.
[mod edit - do not post details about exploits]
As far as keeps being destroyed, SV has said they will release the results of that investigation. I personally hope an AQ member did not have anything to do with it. I can tell you the majority of AQ don't know anything about it, and if someone does they aren't talking about it.
The bottom line is that GM's should never be allowed to have guild affiliations. They should not have ever played the game as to eliminate any bias for friends. The volunteer GM program should simply not exist, and is another example of a fundamental leadership failure within Starvault.