I was curious of what other people's impressions are of powerful the player character (that's right, YOU!) is in WoW.
In the context of a 25 man raid, it start to feel like your character is a dime-a-dozen, but as you quest through certain parts of the game you feel quiet powerful. So just how powerful are our characters within the lore of warcraft? Could your warrior's swordsmanship match up against Tirion? Could your mage sling spells alongside the likes of Antonidas? or are our characters "merely" elite foot soldiers? More accomplish then most, but nothing compared to the named NPCs/main characters.
I recall during the pre-wrath Garrosh vs Thrall duel thinking, "I wish my character could go toe-to-toe with Thrall".
My (rather broad) personal impression is that our characters would undoubtedly lose to most notable characters (racial leaders and the like), but could at least hold their own in their presence. I'm not very sure of anything more specific then that.