From the introduction:
Swyndale is a small hamlet nested a large woodland area. Although the forest is not extremely dense, it is enough to hide the clearing where Swyndale was formed 40 years ago. The village charter was signed by 10 people: Jason and Marilyn Strab, Illious Knall, Rick and Annabelle Maynard, the twin half-elven sister Annie and Megan Nillan, Malcrom Thundershield, Darius Macen and Breril Vouman.
Of all these, only Illious Knall and Malcrom are still alive. Illious, an aged human is now age 60, while Malcrom is a dwarf age 180. Both still live in the village.