I have not played the game yet. I get my copy in a few days and it was free so I though I would give it a shot. I could not find any information about weapon/armor drops. Do mobs drop gear or is it all crafted right now? And are there better quality items (I.E. common, superior, legendary)?
There are a bunch of items that are only obtainable at the end of faction guild leves. Like the onion gear. I don't know if this is what you meant. Like you go in, talk to an npc and he gives you some orders to kill the beast men at the camp, you go, kill them, go back to the npc and he's like oh man, you're so cool, here's your payment and gives you this pimp armor that you can get nowhere else.
Also, to unlock faction leves you need points that are given when completing normal leves. Leves are like quests.
FFXI: Dashiel. (Asura) Puppetmaster.
FFXIV: Majidah Sihaam
Marauder, Weaver & Alchemist.