SWmud does not have permanent equipment. Our reboots lasts for almost a month these days, but after a boot, everyone starts with nothing but their skills and their wits.
Learning an efficient equipping route for your character is one of the challenges of the game. There are a number of little secrets and tricks you can use to speed up the process.
Of course, if you're impatient, many merchants will stock their shop with starter weapons and damage gloves...