My World of Warcraft character Vger has now reached the rank of Stone Guard (that's Knight for all of you Alliance types). Hooray. The rewards are incredibly unrewarding; I can enter the restricted officers' area of Orgrimmar, which looks pretty much exactly like the warrior trainers' hall. There, I can buy potions that are basically identical to the ones I can already create, being an alchemist. I can also buy a tabard that looks almost exactly like the one I already have. Dumb.
I'm currently ranked 353 out of the Horde players on the server, which is not the highest I've been, but there are a lot more people participating now than before. I'm #16 out of people not in a guild, which puts me on the first page, though. That's something.
There's no way that a normal person could get much higher than where I already am. There are people who regularly play in a week more than I play in my heaviest month, and those are the people just a few ranks above me. I shudder to think about how much the people at the top must play.