The new fame system has made getting stars much easier than before, so I propose something new with stars. Yes, I know stars are not important, but some completionist people (like myself) enjoy trying to get them all, and we could use a new challenge now that the fame system has changed.
Instead of changing the current amount of fame required for 5 stars, I suggest leaving it as it is now, and adding 5 new stars to each class, for a total of 10 stars per class. Now, does that mean 5 new star colors as well? It could, but I have something else in mind.
The first 5 stars could stay exactly as they are now, with the 5th star still requiring 2,000 fame. Every other star after that could be double the previous fame requirement, so they would look like this:
7th star requires 8,000 fame.
8th star requires 16,000 fame.
9th star requires 32,000 fame.
10th star requires 64,000 fame.
That seems reasonable enough to me, while looking pretty and consistent, but it doesn’t necessarily have to follow that pattern. If no new star colors are added, and we have 17 classes with Summoner coming soon, you would need 34 stars for each new rank. Too much? Maybe, but seeing a white star would become a fairly rare sight once again, like it was many years ago. Alternatively, 5 new star colors could be added, and it would then be 17 stars for each new rank.
This brings me to my idea of “class ranks”. A new class rank icon could appear next to our star rank icon, or it could appear on the right side of our names, while the star rank icon stays on the left. We could even just change the star icon to a class icon! Whatever way it’s done, the class rank icon could look like the respective ability for that class, like a small lute icon for Bards. The icons might be too small for some class abilities, so you could instead use something relevant, like a small musical note icon for Bards.
Class ranks could be similar to the way star ranks are now, only just for your current class. If no new colors are added, you would need 2 stars for each new class rank. For example, a player might only ever play Wizard. If they accumulate 64,000+ fame with Wizard, they would see a little white spell or scroll icon next to their name. That would be seen along with a light blue star as well, if both the class icon and the star icon are shown. That way, even if that person is a “light blue star”, you could clearly see their dedication to Wizard. Class icons could also be helpful for quickly identifying what kind of classes are nearby.
So that’s it, I guess. Other things could be done, like basing class ranks off of exaltations instead. In that case, with no new colors added, you would need 8 exaltations for each new class rank. Or maybe you need both fame and exaltations? Maybe you need even more than that?! I’ll stop there. Here are some example images: