Nau'kheol asking whereYami'ni and Jiaan are right after they jump from the ancient ship, and Word Of God confirms that at least 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 Berserk Button the unfortunate painter pressed. Basically chapter 37 had her characterized then killed off.Jerkass Woobie at its finest.
Kery's 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 Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when we find out in the 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 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 let's of a pressure sorcery scream which tells us what she's really feeling.
Poor Tsuris'lokin Chapter 41. After a lifetime of being a Butt Monkey 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 Last Stand.
The death of Shimi'lande in chapter 42, a prime example of Face Death with Dignity. 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 last words were very likely "Goodbye Daughter."
Poor Petri'cho. She was 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 doesn't want to get attached to her 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, the sight of Sarv'swatidragging 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. 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.
The young Quain'tana 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 finally foundDiva'ratrika's body and even though the audience knows 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 Snadhya, Sarv and Zala intended for her to die alone and slowly of starvation and dehydration.
Jiaan's fate. Weeks of Mind Rape make him willing to bow down to Snadhya'rune. "Mastering" his Taint makes it even worse, since it's pretty obvious that he isn't himself anymore. In light of how much he and Yami'ni loved each other, seeing him reduced to being Snadhya's boytoy is just sad.
Later, he seems to get unceremoniously crushed by Snadhya'rune's summon, who apparently doesn't even notice and/or care what just happened.
Filfrae, one of the captured Sarghress, combines this with a CMOA. Besides 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 pained 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.
Much later, Erelice, lying broken on the ground and possibly paralyzed by Snadhya's counterattack, deliberately taunts Khaless to save Riz'riia from being absorbed as yet another face. Erelice's only comment as Khaless moves closer is that there's nothing they can do to hurt her anymore.
It's all in the Facial Dialogue with Ariel when she realizes that Kyo'nne has 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.
Although this is an obviously happy moment for Nau and Kiel, it takes a much sadder turn if you've been following the story for a while; Nau is tainted with a faulty seed, courtesy of Snadhya. He's going to suffer the same fate as Naal, ("that Beldrobbean girl" as he called her,) and there isn't any way to stop it. This makes the final panel all the more poignant.
After all the strife in the chapter it looked likeShala would survive her Kalki-inflicted Slashed Throat, only to die peacefully while being carried by her brother and boyfriend, who don't even notice she's not breathing until they set her down. The aversion of Death Is Dramatic makes it all the sadder.
For worse, imagine how Sarnel must feel about his "that'll stop her from wisecracking for a while" comment right before they realize what's happened.
Or how Sil'lice will react when she finds out that she has lost another child to Kalki and one who was named for an older sibling that Kalki also killed.
Considering how many of the above instances were caused by her, seeing Kalki say "Mom?" in disbelief, right before Snadhya'rune coldly kills her, suddenly makes her look like a scared little girl who just wanted to be appreciated by a mother who saw her as nothing but a disposable tool.