I returned to the wonders of Sosaria about 4 or 5 monthes ago after a long time off (AoS launch 2003). I started to reinvigerate my charactors on my home shard (Lake Austin) in kind. Just today I decided to check out the other shards to see if I had charactors on them as well. To my surprise I had a charactor on Atlantic.
I then decided to log him in and see what what his stats where. To my utter shock he was still in young status. After 5 years in game I still had a young charactor. After about an hour or so in New Haven I raised his skills to the point of being a full fledge member of the game.
And it only took 5 years and 2 hours.=)