About a month ago, I started working on a peace tamer on the Yamato shard as something new to do. A couple of nights ago, something happened that should have left me feeling good about UO and the people who play it, but instead has left me feeling very frustrated and disappointed. As I was running into the main room of Destard to farm some more leather to donate at the library for the Birds of Britannia talisman, I ran by a character standing close to a wild greater dragon. Just as I went by, the dragon blasted her and she died at its feet. I ran back the way I had come in, hoping she'd follow so I could give her a rez. She did. Got her rezzed and she said something to me in Japanese. I explained that I don't speak Japanese. After she got dressed and ran back to her body, I told her I'd try area peacing if she was trying to tame the dragon. We gave that a try for about ten minutes, but to no avail. After the tamer had died two or three more times, I offered to try taming the GD using honor. Four failed attempts later, I said, "Come with me" and gated her to a stable. I retrieved a spare greater dragon I had in the stable and gave it to her, explaining it wasn't all that great but at least it would get her started. She stabled it and then she put up a gate and said, "Come." Curious, I followed her and found myself at what I assume was her house. She went inside and sat down by some chests. Next thing I know, she was giving me some articles in the trade window. I accepted the trade because I thought it would be rude not to, especially because I had no clear way to explain that I didn't give her the dragon expecting some kind of payment. We sat for a few more minutes, not saying much and then I had to leave. I wanted to see if I could try to get her the dragon she'd originally been trying to get, because it was slightly better than the one I gave her at the stable. Luck was with me and I managed to tame the original dragon using honor. I gated it back to the tamer's house, however, she wasn't there. Over the course of the next hour or two, I recalled to her house a couple more times, but didn't see her again. The next two nights after that, I couldn't log on to play because I was busy working on a photography project. Finally had time tonight to look into something about this whole situation that has been nagging at me. You see....this nice lady handed me a couple of items that I think might have been duped. There was a skull mug, a worldgem bit, and a stack of academic books. I don't trade in rares and have never had any desire to collect them. Yet, tonight I found myself combing through U Hall, the Trader forum, and the Rares forum trying to find information about these items. The only one that I know anything about is the Academic Books. I think they spawn in Bedlam and are used to make the new craftable/fillable bookcases. I didn't know much about the worldgem bit or the skull mug, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking that I'd read SOMETHING about them and that it wasn't good. After a good half hour to 45 minutes of searching the forums, I gave up. I found almost no posts mentioning either one and nothing that addressed if they are dupes. Yet, I could swear I read something not so long ago about someone reporting an exploit involving the worldgem bit. After that bit of digging, I decided it just wasn't worth the risk to hang onto these items. I pitched all three of them into a trash can at the bank in Zento. Even though I don't recall ever hearing anything here in U.Hall about an exploit involving the academic books, I figured if the other two items were created via some exploit, there was a good possibility the books were also of suspicious origin. I think I did the right thing just trashing the items, but I surely don't feel good about it. I thought about paging a GM to see if they could tell me what to do, but I've heard one too many horror stories here of that process backfiring on people. The whole situation has left me feeling unsettled. Were the items really bad or did I overreact? If they were bad, did the person who gave them to me know? If yes, what kind of thank you is it to hand those items off to someone who was trying to help you? Should I have just refused the trade when it was offered, even though it felt like an extremely rude thing to do because I couldn't explain why I was turning it down? I'm still shaking my head over the whole situation. It's very frustrating that there seems to be nowhere "official" that you can go to find a current list of items to avoid. The Q&A in the Knowledgebase that lists illegal items (http://support.ea.com/cgi-bin/ea.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1053) doesn't show either of these items. So are they good or are they bad? How is someone like me who has no interest in rares and doesn't want to innocently get caught holding onto illegal items protect themselves, other than just discarding anything that seems questionable? And if the official answer is, "Page a GM and ask," can I please get some kind of assurance that doing so isn't going to royally backfire on me somehow? Sorry this is so long and more or less a rant. I know the U.Hall regulars really can't help me. Guess I just felt the need to vent. I'm irritated that I got put in the situation of having to destroy what was meant as a gift and I'm also concerned that if the items really were bad that I even had them in my possession for a few days, putting my account at risk. Arrrgh.