So I went into the weavers and leatherworkers wards today looking for stuff. There were 10 total people in both wards combined! When I zoned into leatherworkers, I thought I was lagging because there were literally 0 retainers around me. After running to the other side, I finally found some people. It was really odd.
Oh, and I still didn't find what I was looking for in any ward after looking for an hour. Sigh.