In response to Tokono and Ilsh being dead - maybe its just your shards because personally on Chesapeake Im there quite often, and see people a lot. My home Guild has its base in the Tokono Islands and we run events there often - a few weeks ago we got a bunch of people together and went into the yamatso mines to tame fire beetles for people. And lately we've been doing parties for the travesty.
as for ilsh - we recently has a group there to do the spellweaving quest - and more often then not i do see people in and around gargoyle city (which is in ilsh) ALSO lately at spirituality in ilsh i have noticed more and more people coming.
so i guess its just what shard you are on and who is willing to forge ahead.
Doing Travesty or taming beetles isn't really being in Tokuno imho. You go into a dungeon where only your group can enter for Trav and you go into the mines, which for anyone without experience can be a very quick and painful journey.
I play on Baja, its crowded at times, but the spots seem to be very little where people congregate. Taking into account the size of Tokuno, and then you mentioning two rather minor places, one being a group boss dungeon, and the other being really only useful for taming beetles at reinforces my statement that Tokuno is pretty dead even on your server. How many hunting parties do you see going to the fandancers? or bake woods? In reality, besides 2 places, tokuno is a dead area but so are many other places like Limlight mentioned.
Ilsh also is a MASSIVE place, and three places were mentioned. The fact is, Ilsh and Tokuno are only used for a select specific places and the rest of the area is just empty.
It wouldn't hurt this game to make new, interesting areas more available and useful to the majority of players. It might actually breath some life back into it.
I think if the Tokuno arties dropped again, it would matter little to most people. It wouldn't even have an effect on their everyday game play. Not sure why people are opposed to it. I suppose to each their own.
I couldn't care less if they dropped or not. It would be interesting to do the spawns and to get the dyes. Oh, and you can purchase those through tokens now too, so its not like it would be stepping on anyones toes.