You’d think that drama wouldn’t happen in a random SB party in Urth’s Gift. You’d think. But you’d be wrong.
See, one of the WHMs in the party was a member of a linkshell that I’m party of, and we’ve butted heads before. They’re rude, insensitive, and inappropriate on a regular basis, and have previously made running content with said linkshell and associated FCs a living hell. We’re not normally on actively bad terms with each other, but relations have always been prickly.
At the time, I was playing on BRD. We didn’t have a tank, and the party made me pull using Foe’s Requiem. Of course, since I was decked out in crafting gear and gathering accessories, I was rather squishy. I died a couple of times because the WHMs were more focused on doing damage with Holy than keeping me alive long enough to get the mobs into position. This individual joked about how we would all die if they weren’t around, and their spotty connection and lack of commitment to healing resulted in this. They made fun of me for dying thanks to them. They also made constant jabs about how I hated fun, claiming it was alright because we were in a linkshell together. Of course, this was also a person who had been a major cause of me leaving the interim FC I’d been in during the Lansquenet hiatus. It wasn’t exactly good-natured fun. The party leader gave them a warning, and we continued on our way.
Then things got heated over something much stupider. We’d started out as a full party, but a number of people left a few pulls after I’d joined, and the remaining members summoned our chocobos to work on leveling them. Of course, we were still in party finder. Every once in a while someone new would want to join, and someone would have to dismiss their bird. But we hit a point where all three people who had their chocobos out refused to dismiss them. One person had theirs out to assist with healing, since we only had the one WHM from my linkshell at the time, and defended their keeping the bird out via its role. One person who had a bird out was the party leader, and said that since they were the one running things, they had more of a right to keeping their bird out. The third person, a BLM, was neither of these things. They were far more stubborn about their bird than the other two. It hit an impasse, and the party devolved into arguing about who should dismiss their bird and whether the party leader was on a “power trip” by saying they had more of a right to a bird by virtue of being the leader. Then the WHM called them “useless” for being a monk in an SB party- never mind the fact that not everyone has WHM, BLM, or BRD at level 50. This was the last straw, and the leader dismissed the WHM.
The WHM stayed in the area, pulling mobs independently from the party. At this point, it wasn’t so bad, though there was clearly some animosity between the groups. They stuck to the kalongs and keds in the western part of the area, we stuck to the water sprites. But the person who refused to dismiss their chocobo and the party leader kept fighting, now about whether it was right to kick the WHM from the party. Despite attempts from me and other party members to calm this bickering, it continued until chocobo-BLM left the party.
This is where things got ridiculous. The BLM joined the WHM’s party, and invited two more people. They put up a PF simultaneous to ours, and started trying to pull every mob before we did. The smaller party wasn’t even aiming to SB effectively at this point- they were just trying to do it in a way that antagonized and inconvenienced the party they were no longer part of. It turned into a passive-aggressive war between two SB parties, featuring some of the messiest pulls I have ever witnessed. And this chocobo-based feud lasted through at least two full sets of patrician’s gear. One really has to wonder about the people in this game sometimes.