Yes you are supposed to get your normal weapon and armor back after you finish each part of that special. I've never had it not give me back my stuff so if it's not giving it back to you then that's something I need to look into and fix.The fedora and whip aren't actually better or worse, they are just part of that special. But they have that same att and def as your own weapon and armor did (so basically it just changed the names). but still, it should have change the names back when you left that special.Do you remember which artifact you were going after when this happened? Might make it easier to track down the bug.