how big do you think the Sandover population might have actually been? it seems unlikely it would have only been the 10-ish people we see, considering they had a Mayor concerned about re-election.
I’d say at least a couple hundred, probably less than one thousand.
((I looked up the actual definition of ‘village’; the exact rules vary by region (and in some cases settlements are defined more by structure rather than size) but I found that a typical village population may be as little as 100 and up to a few thousand, so I imagine Sandover would fall into that range.))
In addition to the elected mayor (indicating a big enough population to choose a leader from a pool of candidates, not to mention have elections in the first place) Sandover also has a robust enough economy to have an explorer/trader and a sculptor. Also, I figure that having a Sage in residence and being connected to the transport ring network are signs of a big and prosperous settlement, at least relative to the average in that time.
The Farmer, Fisherman, and Mayor (at the very least) all seem like they’d have families (wives and children) and some of the villagers must have siblings/cousins who would also have spouses/kids, plus aging parents, etc. Either way, farmers need people to help tend their fields and herds, while the fishers and traders need crew for their boats; if they don’t have family to contribute they would need hired help (in the game Jak helps out around the village but he obviously doesn’t do those jobs full-time). And then there’s got to be carpenters and masons (maybe the Sculptor comes from a family of stoneworkers?), people weaving fabric and making clothes, tanners for the leather everyone wears, a forge and metalsmiths (Keira is clearly smart but there’s no way anyone with sense would let a kid learn to use a forge/torch on her own) and probably other jobs I’m forgetting. Sandover is too remote to rely on trade for necessities (no easy overland routes between villages, and the transport rings are too small to transport large quantities of goods) so the village would have to be largely self-sufficient.
Anyway yeah, I absolutely agree that there’s no way Sandover is actually only 10 people, especially considering that only two of the canon villagers are female (specifically, an elderly woman and a teenage girl). Generally speaking, none of the in-game settlements are realistically proportioned.