* Si'lice telling Kau and Shala about the Nidraa'chal war and her part in it.
--> ''" I went back to my warriors... My children. Or what remained of them..."''
--> ''" So few came back."''
* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5384 Vaelia's backstory]], all of it.
* In [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=516 this scene]], Mel's anger at her situation, especially [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=677 here]], is really heartrending.
* Shinae, when Chrys'tel decides to leave, even handing her her crown. It's hard not to feel sorry for her in [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7737 when it happens]], even though the situation is partly self-inflicted
-->'''Shinae:''' You are not to go on your own. I am supposed to be your shadow. We were finally getting back to the good days...
** Later, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7827 her despair]] upon accidentally breaking Chrys'tel's crown.
* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6685 This scene]] of Vaelia and Ariel, which really shows how deep their bond is.
-->'''Vaelia:''' I cannot become immortal, darkling. I only become dead, ghost. Same fate for children I can make.
* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6786 Naal'suul and Kiel'ndia]], especially since this is Naal's NotSoStoic moment when she shows fear of her eventual death.
* After [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4703 being missing]] for ''years'' of comic time, Ariel finally finds Faen. [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6587 And it is not pretty]].
* "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7125 Farewell... my... friend]]" [[spoiler:Naal's death]] and the ensuing pages are nothing short of heartrending, especially [[spoiler:Kiel's]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7137 scream of frustration]].
** Following that, [[spoiler:Kiel's]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7185 breakdown]] is just as bad, and probably the only time you'll ever see [[spoiler:a BreakingTheFourthWall]] moment [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7178 played for tragedy]].
* [[http://drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1657 This. Page.]] As well as the [[http://drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1658 next]] [[http://drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1659 two]].
* Nau'kheol [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8582 asking where]] [[spoiler:Yami'ni and Jiaan]] are right after [[spoiler:they jump from the ancient ship]], and WordOfGod confirms that at least [[spoiler:Yami'ni]] is dead.
** My God, Yami'ni. Pretty much everyone (fans) disliked her. It's hinted that she didn't want to be tainted, felt she was inpure and being reminded that she had a demon inside her was her BerserkButton the unfortunate painter pressed. Basically chapter 37 had her characterized [[spoiler: then killed off.]] JerkassWoobie at its finest.
* Kery's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8963 expression]] as her mother rescues her, since her guilt at leaving her dragon behind to be killed by the Sarghress is quite clear. Turns into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when we find out in the [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9056 post battle report]] that Oiloss'lin found a dragon plushie in a ruined shop that she left by her daughter's beside for when she woke up.
* The fate of [[spoiler:Shinae's baby]]. Poor thing never even had a chance.
** The mothers reaction to the news. No crying or denial, she walks out, stands on a ledge of a balcony and [[spoiler: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8811 let's of a pressure sorcery scream]]]] which tells us what she's really feeling.
* Poor [[spoiler:Tsuris'lok]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9222 in Chapter 41]]. After a lifetime of being a ButtMonkey and kicked out of every clan he's been part of he gets badly injured enough that his seed takes him over, and he stays behind to take on the Beldrobbaen troops after them. Especially poignant since he's a former Dutan'vir, which adds extra punch to him staying behind for a LastStand.
* The death of [[spoiler:Shimi'lande]] in chapter 42, a prime example of FaceDeathWithDignity. Especially since it takes several pages for it to sink in since we were seeing it through Chiri's eyes and at first didn't realize just ''who'' had actually died. And then you realize that her [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9291 last words]] were very likely "Goodbye D[[spoiler:aughter]]."
* [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=6335 The second image]].
* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9385 Poor Petri'cho]]. She was [[spoiler: tortured, made tainted and exiled from the Kyorl'solenurn clan]], all because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Panel 6 shows her tears and knowing what she's been through, it's enough to make the reader cry as well.
* Mel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9457 doesn't want to get attached]] to her [[spoiler:new baby daughter, to the point that she refuses to name her]] having been burned once on that before.
* Despite all of the ''terrible'' things she's done, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9803 the sight of Sarv'swati]] [[spoiler:dragging her axe up the stairs while barely standing in the wake of Kyne's near fatal attack]] still manages to evoke pathos in the reader.
** Gets even more painful two pages later. [[spoiler:She goes to the tunnel leading to Diva's throne room, the same corridor she destroyed thirty-one years ago. Tries to lift one or two fallen boulders, uses earth sorcery, all to no avail. She screams, collapses and whimpers for her mother, begging for forgiveness.]]
* Chiri's EpicFail at [[LethalChef cooking]] started out as just plain [[FunnyMoments funny]]. Chiri herself, however, is genuinely upset about the utter mess she's made of things, and the squad's witty comments [[http://drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9833 send her storming out of the room, crying]]. All she wanted to do was cook Shan a nice meal...
* The young Quain'tana [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9874 sitting at the bottom of a pit with a broken arm]] after seeing her friend get cut down by a dragon knight, clearly crying. Especially depressing when you remember that she later does pretty much this exact same thing to Mel since her experiences have left her with little room for mercy or tolerance towards those who disobey her.
* It took 45 chapters and over 6 years of real time, but someone [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9941 finally found]] [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika's body]] and even though the audience knows [[spoiler:she's still around via Liriel]] it's still a sad sight. Several readers commented that they had been expecting a skeleton and it would have been less upsetting than what we actually see, which is a brutal reminder of how [[spoiler:Snadhya, Sarv and Zala]] intended for her to die alone and slowly of starvation and dehydration.
* [[spoiler:Jiaan's fate]]. Weeks of MindRape make him willing to bow down to [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]]. "Mastering" his Taint makes it even worse, since it's pretty obvious that [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul he isn't himself anymore]]. In light of how much he and [[spoiler:Yami'ni]] loved each other, seeing him reduced to being [[spoiler:Snadhya's]] boytoy is just sad.
* Filfrae, one of the captured Sarghress, combines this with a CMOA. Besides [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10028 barely reacting]] to her own hand dangling by a thread off her wrist after the first hit from Snadhya's ship, she's shown as being more concerned the gruesome sight of what's happened to her companions, and when she sees the ship powering up for round 2 her only reaction is to attempt to shield their youngest member, who's still alive, and manages to save her life at the cost of her own.
** In the same scene, Erelice's pain expression as she realizes just what Snadhya'rune actually intends. When she realizes that Vayas has survived she collapses out of the pain of her injury, grief and relief at seeing the girl alive.
* It's all in the FacialDialogue with Ariel when she realizes that Kyo'nne has [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10121 sold her out to Snadhya'rune]] speaks of the deep betrayal she feels over one of her oldest friends and "big sister" lying to her face. And Kyo'nne seems to realize what she's done, pointedly avoiding meeting Ariel's eyes as she moves off. It's obvious the relationship between them will never be the same after this, especially given what comes later.