It is a designation of where you rank in the new demon army I am creating with my payment from the author.
I plan on invading Tiernon’s home plane and you guys are going to be my [strike]pawns[/strike] [u][b]Storm Troopers.[/b][/u]
More seriously, Ranks are based on the number of posts you’ve made.
Reputation: “should be” a user voted reputation of the poster’s helpfulness/correctness/accuracy. It’s more often used for technical discussion forums and such. However, I will be using it to alert people to the opinions of any Astlanian wizards so that people know that they can’t be trusted.