It had already been about 1 year since I moved on from the official OSI shards from Ultima Online. Mainly due to the fact that the game has changed so much.
I decieded to take my character and move him to another world. I found a RP shard that was free, but dedicated itself to only a pre UO:R system.
I was in my guild, Dwellers of Darkness (DoD}, we were strictly an rp only guild and man did I have a blast. We had many enemies against us. I remember many battles that would lay outside of our castle walls. People would horde outside and yell at us, intimidating us to come out and fight.
One day I decided to take some action. I told my guild master that I had a plan to go against one of our enemies. I recently found out that they held 10 of the rarest steeds in our shard. Each worth millions of gold. So with a quick nod, I released myself from DoD, my guild. I grabbed my steed and slowly worked my way to the enemy guilds castle, knocked on the door and told them I've quit DoD and have many secrets to tell them.
They accepted me in their ranks, which surprised me. Their castle was amazing, loot and rares stacked everywhere. But I had to keep my self focused. They took me upstairs to the highest point and gave me some outfits that they wore, Across the floor were the steeds. So I suited up and began to tell them some insides to our guild, all of which were lies. They all had a battle coming up with another guild, but I do not recall who. So then they left, as I told them I would meet them shortly.
So I made my way to the steeds, all unlocked and just sitting in the castle. I quickly swipped each one and placed them in my backpack. I then quickly ran out of the building and released myself from the enemy guild. Ran through the forest, nervous. Anyone, any killer, any murderer could easily kill me and take the loot. All the hard work. All the planning.
I finally made it to the Trinsic bank and placed all the steeds in my bank. Went to my old guild (DoD) and told them my mission was a success, they added me back to the ranks.
The next day when I logged on, I was in jail. Someone from the other guild reported that someone hacked somehow and stole all their rare steeds. No one mentioned my name though. The only way the GM's found them was because the steeds were in my bank. They said if they were in my backpack that they would have not been able to track them.
I was pissed. I failed to see how I hacked anything. Everything I did was through RPing and legit gameplay. After a month of being in jail, the administrator then said that I was banned from the server, even after pleading my rights and saying that I did not hack anything.
So I quit. I quit Freeshards, because favoritism is real. I found out that the guild I stole from was a GM's favorite and would do anything to help them out. Who knows, all the rare steeds could have been a gift from the GM to them.
But in the end, I felt good. I succefully went into an enemy guild and stole their rarest prizes by just sticking to my character. This is the freedom that UO had long ago. It will be missed. No other game will have this feature like UO did.
Thanks to this http://mmorpg.com/blogs/Lustmord/052008/1702_Six-Months-of-Lies-Deception-and-Betrayal-The-best-time-I-ever-had-in-a-game
It inspired me to write this blog. I'm sure many great stories like this exist. If your a UO player, do share you most valuable memories.