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Sometimes, I can't play Achaea for a few months, before I can again return for several months as a time. It would be nice to have an artefact that you could merge with your favorite clothing item (maybe something pre-made that you bought at a shop or made yourself) and thus make it a non-decay item. Also this would likewise serve to preserve an item of clothing that you really liked.
However I have heard that decay is there to make sure there aren't too many items floating around. Also it wouldn't be good if everyone got this and applied it to everything and then stopped buying clothing. So maybe a player is limited to one and only one artefact like this in his or her inventory. And players can also unmerge the artefact from the clothing and merge it with something else. (so that the previously merged item is allowed to decay). This would give players the chance to preserve their favorite clothing item. It would also allow those of us who go back and forth with playing to come back without being completely naked (if I know I will be absent for awhile, I could temporarily merge it with a robe. Then when I return I won't be scaring the children with my nakedness, until I can buy something new.) Maybe it could also work with Jewelry as well. (This would be perfect for say, an engagement ring that your lover bought you... you don't want that to decay)