The main character (a soldier) was ambushed and left for dead since he took an arrow to the neck, but he wasn’t actually killed thanks to some of his armor. Luckily for him he happened to be not very far from a hidden village known as Stagfall, which is populated by the Tali (humanoids with claws and prehensile tails) and one of the Stagfall occupants found him in the woods and brought him back. Unfortunately, however, because of the hidden nature of the village and the dangers of going out alone into an active war zone, he cannot rejoin his troop and thus he is stuck in the village.
"Remember, you go nowhere by accident. Wherever you go, God is sending you." - Rev. Peter R. Hale