* Daniar and Kalak's marriage falling apart is awful because they were last scene in traditional HappilyEverAfter at the end of ''Trapped On Draconica''. This sense is componded because [[TeamPet Ritchie]]'s death between books set it off.
* Learning that Daniar's firstchild [[spoiler: died in her womb because her opponent stabbed her there.]]
* Lydia's teddy bear from childhood is charred from a fire. [[spoiler: This is because her home caught fire years ago and her mother died retrieving the toy.]]
* As evil as they are one must feel sympathy for the Kthonian Knights:
** Their backstories involve kidnapping, rape, dismemberment, and deliberate humiliation ForTheEvulz.
** [[spoiler: Mordak killing Furie]] is heart wrenching for two reasons: 1.) he's eviler than the knights and 2.) his victim was desparately trying to prove herself to her family and her 'brother' [[spoiler: really is her brother]] and went ape shit when she died.
** [[spoiler: Discovering Kthonia (her mother and idol) is not the man-eater she remembered]] Jihadain morale is crushed. It had the effect of turning her world upside down and proving everything she believed in was a lie. [[spoiler: Dying by Kalak's hands makes her ''happy'' because her mother reverts back to her old ways and thereby vaildates her life's work.]]