Heartwarming: Deltora Quest

Deltora Quest

Series 1

  • When Jasmine sees her mother's ghost in The Forests of Silence Part II. Also doubles as a tearjerker.
  • In The Lake of Tears, Jasmine's joy at reuniting with Kree just after the fight with Jin and Jod, and her insistence on using some of the nectar of the Lilies of Life on Kree and not on her injured shoulder. Also the joy on her face when she sees Kree healed and flying into the sky looking very happy.
  • Jasmine loses her dagger in the Shifting Sands, and is very distraught over it as it was her father's and the only thing she had left to remind her of him. While he's going into the Cone to retrieve the lapis lazuli for the Belt, Lief remembers about the dagger, sees it fall from its place in the tower when he takes out the lapis lazuli, catches it and brings it to the surface with him. The fact that he bothered to do that at all is quite heartwarming, as it shows just how much he cares about Jasmine. The moment when he gives the dagger to Jasmine is doubly heartwarming.
  • At the very end of the series, Lief's struggling to convince Jasmine to stay with them in Del, carefully coating his words so that he doesn't end up scaring her away. He claims that it's because she's needed to help set Deltora to rights, but really it's because he loves her and cannot bear the thought of her leaving him.

Series 2

  • Lief's vague marriage proposal to Jasmine and her vague acceptance.
    Lief: When the time comes, I will follow Adin's example and marry for love. If the woman I love will have me, of course.
    Jasmine: She probably will, when the time comes.

Series 3
  • The hatching of the baby diamond dragon in Isle of the Dead, and the revelation that Veritas ends up caring for it. That in particular is truly sweet, as even though the dragon tribes were so suspicious of one another Veritas still chose to look after baby Forta after it turned out that her mother (the old diamond dragon) had died. It also symbolises the end of the dragons' animosity toward one another.
  • The scene in Sister of the South, just before Lief reveals the Shadow Lord's final, horrifying plan. Everyone is so happy and relieved to be alive, and have a celebratory feast while laughing and joking with one another.
  • The epilogue. Especially Lief and Jasmine's wedding and the revelation that they named their three children after Anna, Jarred and Endon. Also seeing that Barda ended up marrying Lindal and having six children 'all taller than their parents' really warmed hearts.

  • Once Thaegan was killed the first time Soldeen is freed from her curse and transforms back into his true form of Nanion. The look on his face when he sees his wife returned to normal is enough to bring tears to your eyes.
  • The end of the episode "The Heavenly Stone", when Lief gave Jasmine back her knife after nearly falling to his death in order to get it back.
  • In the anime, after Lief drinks form the Dreaming Spring and watches his father in prison. Lief looks on as his father refuses to give up on his son.
  • The anime series had a really good example. At one point Barda has to retrieve the Topaz (the one that lets you see dead people). And just as he gets ahold of it, it activates. Giving him the chance to be reunited with his dead mother. Now I'll be the first to admit I often found him to be a Flat Character, but watching his reaction at seeing his mother again was very heartwarming. Also counts as a Tear Jerker moment.
  • In a strange way, the scenes of Thaegan with her children. They are a weird, evil, sadistic, but strangely close family. (In the anime at least. The book versions are decidedly different.)
    • Example: When Thaegan is revived the first time, she reunites with her children and they instantly crowd her like any children whose parent has come home after being away for a long time.
    • In her death, Thaegan is surrounded by most of her children (except Ichabod). She asks why they would sacrifice themselves with her to which they reply, "Because you're our mother."
  • Endon and Jarred greeting each other after Lief and the Kin rescue his parents from Fallow.

Three Doors

Star of Deltora

Shadows of the Master
  • Captain Gripp enrols Britta in the Rosalyn Trust competition without her knowledge, and only tells her the day before the beginning of it, because he knows that Britta would find a way to get out of it or plain refuse to enter out of fear and he knows that this opportunity is what Britta truly wants and needs.
  • Jantsy's obvious love for Britta. It's clear that he thinks the world of her, though she doesn't seem to reciprocate the feeling just yet, and cares enough to come to the harbour to farewell Britta and support her as she leaves to compete in the final leg of the Rosalyn Trust competition.
    • Especially this line:
      Because you are beautiful, Britta. Because your face is so full of life, and your eyes seem to sparkle when you speak.
    • And then there's also the moment when Lean Alice confronts him and warns him that Britta does not walk alone ( hinting at the shadows that follow her everywhere). This is his response:
      "She certainly does not! I am with her. And no one will insult her while I can prevent it."
    • And when Britta goes to Captain Gripp's Jantsy promises her that he will wait outside and walk her home when she is ready.
  • Jewel's reaction to her receiving an interview in the Traders' Hall, and later is accepted as a finalist. It's clear that she never expected to make it so far.
  • Captain Gripp's child-like glee at having figured out Britta's coded message to him.
  • Jewel cheering for Britta when she makes it just in time back to the Traders' Hall to hand in her trade. It really heartwarming, considering that they are both rivals for the apprenticeship and Jewel should really be hoping for Britta to lose.
    • Then there's her waking Britta up in time for the competition, when she could have left her to be late and taken out of the running, and also her warning Britta not to touch or turn over her exam paper before writing time lest she be disqualified. Jewel didn't have to do any of these things, and it would have benefited her more if she hadn't.
  • Britta calling her sister 'Marthy'.
  • Britta's response to Zoolah's insults about her family:
    "Shut your mouth! They are both worth ten of you!"
    • Even after seeing her mother spurn her Britta still shows that she loves her mother and sister dearly.
  • Britta missing Zoolah at the send-off party for the finalists at dawn, even after the woman had been so horrible to her and threatened herself and her family.
  • When the Star of Deltora sets sail, Britta is feeling sad at Zoolah's death, and doesn't expect anyone to be there to farewell her, given that her mother has spurned her and her sister isn't brave enough to defy her and come when the harbour is forbidden. Then she sees Captain Gripp and Jantsy (who she didn't think would make it) on the shore waving at her and wishing her luck, and it cheers her right up.

Two Moons
  • After Britta apologises for ruining Sky's plan to fool Vashti in Maris, Sky's eyes soften ever so slightly before she puts up her guard again.
  • Britta trading with the turtle-people for Sky's life.
  • Britta's worry for Sky after Sky is outed as a boy and locked in the lock-up. Made even more so when Jewel comforts her with uncharacteristic gentleness about it and later advises her on what she should do about her ruined hair and the amber mark on her forehead.


  • Basically all of the True Companions moments between Lief, Barda and Jasmine.
  • Jarred's calling Anna 'dear heart'.