How can an item have an NPC owner, and how do you acquire it if it has one. I found this aboard my ship. Additionally, I found an item owned by a 1 year inactive player. Can I lay claim to it as it is aboard my ship?
Searching for the answers (to life, although you might see a few of the questions in the question centre). My character is odd, get used to it.
I tried claiming one and it worked so I dropped the 280+ that I had collected, using the "Empty Selected Containers" feature, but they all disappeared. So, I guess there's no chance to claim them now, lol. Realistically though, I doubt I'd take the time to equip every one just to claim ownership of them.
Anyways, that's a fair warning to everyone else to make sure to claim them before you drop them.
Were you in the entrance/exit room at the time? I have found that emptying containers can still cause them to go to the entrance/exit room of an entity instead of the actual room you are in at the time.