Is it the thrill of accomplishing something great or the validation that comes with it that drives high achievers to obtain their goals. I've played Achaea now for six years and the validation received is quite rewarding, I think IRE(Iron Realms) has done a great job with all their MUDs in this aspect.
The possiblities are endless on what kind of achievements one can obtain for the world to see. Be it slaying a mighty vampire, or overcoming a tedious quest that the best minds couldn't figure out themselves. I personally have found both quite rewarding through my travels in Achaea as I have accomplished quite a few astonishing tasks myself.
From slaying the mighty Ur'Vampires in brutal combat to putting my mind to work to unravel the mysterious of the Istarion Kingdom to save the royal family, my achievements have been mounted for not only myself to admire but for everyone. Finally the recognition for your hard work! Though some honors lines are not so much about power and mind. There are a range of lines that can spawn from conquering the combat rankings or becoming the Realms leading explorer or hunter. Theres also accomplishments listed for staying true and loyal to one place and maintaining a high ranking position such as a house leader or city leader as shown below.
Also some of the more noted honors lines as you can see just above are the event honors lines. Every 50 years Achaea hosts world wide events that in the end crown a champion. Winning an event will ofcourse, gain you an honor line such as some of the ones shown.
Just the other day I was roaming through the north near the Keep of Belladona, Queen of Vampires. A very tough foe indeed and one if you manage to slay will garner you some attention as far as recognition in the honors department goes! She is quite tough, heavy hits with speed and lots of bleeding enduced. However a seasoned hunter can figure a way to slay her alone.
I have a wonderful time exploring the world and taking on any quest or monster that stands before me and the rewards there in, hopefully more and more will realize the thrill of such adventures. Achaea really is the Dream of Divine Lands! Thank you IRE!