* The terminal entries left by Granny Smith's boyfriend Hoss, detailing most of the important and personal events of the war, including the deaths of Big Macintosh and Granny Smith. Blackjack and P-21 than bury Hoss' remains in the grave beside Granny Smith.
* The climax of Chapter 6 in the Fluttershy Medical Center, when Blackjack is [[spoiler: [[MercyKill forced to kill 40 foals]] - she doesn't have any option other than [[AndIMustScream leaving them in their pods, insane]]. It gets even worse when, as she shuts the pods down one by one, she starts singing [[IronicNurseryRhyme "Hush Now, Quiet Now"]]]].
* [[spoiler: [[AlasPoorVillain Gem, Mini and Taurus]]]]'s deaths - particularly the brief conversation with [[spoiler: Dying!Mini]] after [[spoiler: Deus is killed]]. Accentuated by heavy MoodWhiplash.
* [[spoiler: Roses']] funeral.
** [[spoiler: Thorn]]'s death and subsequent burial, shortly afterwards.
* The opening scene of Chapter 22. Moments after realising that [[spoiler: [[DoomedHometown Stable 99 has been]] [[TheVirus infected by the raider virus]]]], Blackjack enters a TranquilFury as [[ZergRush dozens of raiders pile in on her.]] [[spoiler: The hopeless battle is described in painstaking detail, as Blackjack recognises - and momentarily reminisces about - each and every stablepony-turned-raider that she kills.]]
* [[spoiler: Blackjack's attempted suicide]] in Chapter 23.
** Consequently, [[spoiler: P-21's attempted suicide]] in Chapter 25.
* Blackjack's reunion with Glory in chapter 25. Glory is initially livid with her over [[spoiler: her suicide attempt]] but gradually breaks down and confesses that, without Blackjack, she had nothing left to live for.
* [[spoiler: Gorgon]]'s [[TragicMonster "i am not monsher but i look liek won"]] letter, and the dark CallBack later on when [[spoiler: Blackjack is deformed by taint]].
* Blackjack's tearful reconciliation with P-21 at the end of Chapter 33, and [[spoiler: subsequently, her death.]]
* The tragic fates of all of the members of [[TheSquad Macintosh's Marauders]]:
** Big Mactinosh: [[spoiler:Gunned down by Psalm in an attempt to assassinate Princess Celestia, and his death was made to look like a HeroicSacrifice]].
** Applesnack: [[spoiler:Reassigned to guard Zebratown, became the first Steel Ranger, murdered Zecora, broke up with Applejack, and then became a ghoul]].
** Twist: [[spoiler:Raped by Doof, her zebra lover Shujaa is killed and gives her the Phoenix Talisman, trapping both in it. Twist later becomes part of Rampage]].
** Psalm: [[spoiler:Went from a devoted follower of Luna driven by faith to a self-loathing ColdSniper. She carried out Project Partypooper, murdered Pinkie Pie, and was then absorbed into the Unity, became Lacunae, and used as a dumping ground by the Goddess for all the unwanted emotions and memories]].
** Doof: [[spoiler:Manipulated by Brass into raping Twist, sent to Hightower Prison, grew to hate all mares, and eventually transformed into Deus through Project Steelpony]].
** Stonewing: [[spoiler:His death was faked by Sanguine so he could be used for Project Chimera and transformed into Gorgon]].
** Jetstream: [[spoiler:Vanity erased her memories and thus love for Stonewing after his "death", then went insane following Big Macintosh's death and put in an asylum]].
** Vanity: [[spoiler:Tried to hold the team together but quit after Jetstream's mental breakdown. Killed by his brother Blueblood for sleeping with Rarity]].
** Echo: [[spoiler:Considers himself a DirtyCoward for standing by and doing nothing as his team fell apart. He eventually was employed by Goldenblood but his soul was attached to EC-1101 to protect it from misuse. Echo became the Dealer]].