Corruption is book 1 of 5 in the Stinda Series. Corruption was started when I was 13... I'm 23 now, so Corruption was born sometime around 2002. Torture and kill would be more accurate, but yes, essentially you got the idea. Fun fact; Alexander kills his own father after Tyrale has attacked him. I've always believed that his mindset has been "Better to die quickly than long and drawn out". Guardians still age, but much slower than Human beings. During the times of the Stinda Series, Thomas looks to be around the same age as his older brother, despite his older brother being five years older than he is. It is theorized that Guardians are immortal since there is no record of one every dying of old age. Furthermore, Alexander vows not to kill his own brother and on several occasions refuses to go that final step.