Our discipline priest outbid a holy priest by a tiny (and by tiny, I mean miniscule) amount on Thursday to purchase the right to one day equip a gavel of awesomeness. A long time ago--back in the MC days--we decided that when loot comes in the form of many smaller drops that need to be combined together to actually make anything useful, we bid on the first piece and subsequent drops automatically go to the winner as long as they are in the raid.
Before you ask, I wasn't in the running. Our loot is always decided by bid, and at the time I had about 800 points less than those involved in the RP bid war. I like to pick up cheap pieces instead of letting them be disenchanted, so I'm bad at saving RP.
Here's the situation:
Both priests have been in the guild for years. One is a founding member of the guild, and the other has been around since I joined in 2006. The second one has left us for other guilds (following her husband) and returned to us. She's always been a priest; the other has been a mage (vanilla), rogue (BC), death knight (early WotLK), and priest (WotLK).
I've touched on our RP/Loot system in the past, but basically you earn points for attending raids, showing up on time, and staying for the hard stuff. These two priests were neck and neck, the discipline priest edged out the holy priest when he had to miss a raid due to his girlfriend's knee surgery. So it does totally suck for him that she edged ahead by such a small margin when he was doing the right thing.
I'm friends with both of them. The discipline priest and I probably talk more now, but that is a pretty recent development. She used to always be busy with her husband who is also in the guild, but currently taking a break. He's kinda...hard to ignore. I've been closer to the holy priest in the past than I am now, but we're still friends and have met in real life a number of times.
There was a pause after he typed "all" on Thursday, then she followed suit and her "all" beat his. To his credit, he didn't cause a scene, which is something we all know he's capable of. Instead, he got really quiet in vent. I've heard through the grapevine that he may stop playing his priest and try to go back to raiding on his death knight. I hope that doesn't happen, but if he makes that choice, we will follow our guild policies, founding member or not.
I'm glad we got a fragment. I'm glad we were organized enough years ago to figure out how to handle similar situations, so we weren't scrambling to decide who to give it to. And I'm not sad that the discipline priest won the auction. I will be sad if a good healer gives up because of a piece of loot. But I will deal with the fallout if necessary. Bring on the Drama!