The Raging Stiffie incident in book one, followed-up in book two by Cayleb's reaction after learning the meaning behind it.
By Schism Rent Asunder
Cayleb and Sharleyan's first face-to-face meeting, where they try (and fail) to not think like lovestruck teenagers.
By Heresies Distressed
From By Heresies Distressed
All right boys, they wrecked my hat and that pisses me off!
A Mighty Fortress
The friendly rivalry between the Empire's twin capitals of Tellesberg and Cherayth, in which Tellesberg gloats that Cayleb and Sharleyan's child will be born in Old Charis (Take that Cherayth!) while Cherayth gloats that the child was conceived in Chisholm.
"Ahbraim Zhevons"'s "peculiar negotiating style."
How Firm a Foundation
Sharleyan's telling General Hauwyl Chermyn that he's about to become the next Grand Duke Zebediah. Particularly the fact that she times the actual announcement for the moment Chermyn's about to open the door to her carriage for her, just so she could see the look on his face as the news hits him.
Merlin, when faced with a squad of Delferahkan armsmen:
Let me see. Surrender, and be tortured to death later for Clyntahn's amusement, or die now, seeing how many of his inquisitors—and their flunkies, I'm afraid, Colonel— I can kill first. Let me see, let me see. Which one should I choose...?