I grew into this game a freep. Frankfurd (burg) was my main, and only, toon for the longest time. I lived for the moors. It is what made this game enjoyable for me.
RoR came along and I began creeping because I missed the moors and did not want to go through the hassle of pve'ing my freep back into relevance. And despite my years of fighting and killing creeps, I realized over the last few weeks that no matter what side you are on, pvp in this game is a lot of fun when executed properly.
However, this weekend's "loot box extravaganza" or whatever the heck its called, has deterred me from ever returning to freepside. I for one was one of the many creeps farming for loot boxes this weekend. It took two hours of killing both freeps and npc's, but I did receive a Mordirith's brand from one of my loot boxes.
This brand (and this weekend) will ruin the moors. I have been online only scarcely in the last 36 hours and yet even in that small time frame, I can confirm that at least 5 creeps have received these brands from loot boxes.
This is not a call for individuals to not use their brands. I got one from a loot box, and in all honestly, I'm going to use it.
This post is being made to call attention the fact that this item should not exist in the first place. It presents an unfair advantage, period. If you add to the equation that freeps have no opportunity to obtain the same item, it becomes simply absurd.
Other than acknowledging the unfair advantage this item presents, and the enhanced opportunity lotro has provided creeps to obtain said advantage this weekend, I'm not sure exactly what this post is going to achieve. What I do hope, is that freeps know that some of us creep side do realize that these brands flat out suck.
That being said, be prepared to taste my un-cc'able fury freeps, and good luck to you all.