This is from Chapter 4, locations 1,623 - 50 (Apparently it’s page 93 for printed editions.)
"Don't you have a young son?" [Fiona] asked.
"Cailan. He is five years old, yes."
"Isn't he without a mother? Perhaps we hear it wrong in Orlais, but my understanding is that the Queen of Ferelden is dead."
He was silent for a long minute, and noticed none of the others offered to change the subject or intervene. Perhaps they wondered the same thing. The thought of Cailan touched a painful place inside him. Like a coward, he'd left Loghain to tell the boy that his father was gone. Cailan would never have understood. His mother had disappeared, and now his father, too? If Maric had gone to tell him, however, he would never have come at all.
"She is," he admitted quietly. "Three years now."
Based on Maric's musings, I cannot imagine Cailan as nine. I understand that all children are different, but I would think by nine he would start to understand that Rowan is dead. For a five year old, it’s easier for him to understand that she’s just gone. Or maybe it has something to do with Maric's lack of parenting? (Wouldn’t his governess/nanny/whatever explain it to him, though?)
So now I’m interested what Cailan’s age is supposed to be, if anyone in the know would be so kind?
Edited for formatting
Edited by pudi0072000, 08 February 2010 - 01:17 AM.