This absolutely blew my mind. But after asking in server chat they told me “as long as you’re still playing on the server, the thralls won’t disappear”.
I hadn’t played in a while and was just checking out the noob starting zone where we had our first base. It was built back in probably… March-ish 2019? During that month (after moving our base to the north) we completely destroyed everything at our base in the noob zone so that other new players could build there.
But tonight I’ve found that my thralls from ~7 months ago are STILL there?? So nobody has been able to build there, and will never be able to, unless I move the thralls into another area of the map, which will still restrict that area too?
This doesn’t make any sense.
Thralls in ‘guard’ mode who are not anywhere near that player’s building should carry a decay timer just like the building structures do.
Why are thralls treated differently than structures, and last indefinitely … ?