The other day I was reading the UO Atlantic Forums (the ones run by Link from HOT) and I came across a post from Limlight from LNR that basically asked why the towers of rare items on the Ice Island suddenly changed from IDOC status to "Owned by Link." Link then responded by saying that he "...convinced EA to not let the houses decay, as they were part of Atlantic history." I had the pleasure of speaking with Lim in-game tonight and he mentioned that he had been checking the locations for some time and couldn't understand why the IDOC status suddenly refreshed and Link was the owner. Based on the response Link provided in that thread on his boards, it looks as though he somehow petitioned EA regarding the items and was, apparently, given ownership of the items and towers. I find this to be very disconcerting on many levels: 1) If it's an IDOC, then it should be up for grabs 2) Players should not be able to ASK the company for items or houses or land that they "feel" they should own. (Well, they can 'ask', but they shouldn't be granted the request.) 3) Why would EA, if indeed they actually did, hand these locations over to Link? 4) Can we trust this individual to care for these items and pieces of Shard "history"? I'm not sure if people actually realize what seems to have occurred here... On the surface level, this seems to be a very shady situation, indeed: EA giving a PLAYER of no special importance a house full or Rare items, estimated to be 1-billion+ in worth. Hopefully, we will be given some clarification on this matter from the individuals involved. I'll be posting this question to EA as well, though I'm sure we won't get much clarification through those channels -- but we will put in a request, regardless. If the implications of this matter bother you as well, I encourage you all to contact a GM in game or EA directly. A petition will be forming shortly.