Gauntlets of Valor
At the beginning, the adventurer who would become the Avatar defeated the wizard Mondain and shattered the Gem of Immortality, bringing the facets of Britannia into being. To commemorate this event, the artisans of Britannia have begun work on a suit of armor that celebrates the virtues the Avatar stood for. This piece embodies the virtue of Valor, which is derived from the principle of Courage.
The Gauntlets of Valor are the Gloves of the Virtue Armor Set, introduced as an 8th Anniversary gift. They are dedicated to UO's first year, September 1997 to September 1998. You can use an 8th Anniversary Token to claim them, or, as of the 9th Anniversary, Heritage Tokens as well. As of the 10th Anniversary they furthermore drop as a Virtue Artifact.
They are randomly awarded (along side other such artifacts) by killing creatures in the Anti-Virtue Dungeons. Your chance of achieving one is improved depending on the amount of creatures you defeated after receiving your last such Virtue Artifact. They are placed directly into your backpack with the following system message:
"For your valor in defeating the fallen creature, you have been rewarded with a special artifact."
Virtue armor starts out dyed - when the complete set is worn, the "tarnish" is removed and it takes on it's true appearance. While it's possible to apply Pigments of Tokuno, this will also be cleansed when you equip the full set.
Removing a piece of the armor restores the effects of any dyes. They can be permanently removed via Bleach.