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Blackjack, aka. 'The Security Mare' (Given name: Go Fish)

The main protagonist of Project Horizons, Blackjack is a security pony in Stable 99 where Free-Love Future rules and the stallions are used as breeding tools. Upon discovering the EC-1101 in the Stable's systems, Blackjack flees out into the Wasteland to uncover its secrets, facing the horrors of Hoofington. Becoming known as the Security Mare, Blackjack considers herself Book Dumb, will charge into a situation recklessly, and believes she is at her best when drunk. Her greatest strength and weakness is her Chronic Hero Syndrome, and she wishes to help everyone in the Hoof, or die trying.

  • Action Bomb: Following an encounter with Killing Joke. Not as awesome as you'd think, since it only goes off when it's "funny."
    • Something of a subversion, since Blackjack herself doesn't explode. Anything she touches (the ground, a ruined vehicle, an elevator car, Rampage) explodes instead.
  • The Alcoholic: Any alcohol Blackjack stumbles upon is usually consumed within minutes, particularly if it's Wild Pegasus whiskey. Drowning My Sorrows occasionally applies, but generally the presence of alcohol indicates that awesome is about to ensue.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: What the zebras believe her to be.
  • Apologetic Attacker: If her hoof is forced she will beat and/or kill you. But then she'll feel bad and whine about it.
  • Apologises a Lot: Even outside of combat she has a mild case of apologizing over most things.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Resents DJ PON-3's 'Security' label at first but eventually warms to it, to the point where she occasionally uses it to refer to herself in narration.
  • Artificial Limbs: With a built-in PipBuck and retractable fingers.
  • The Atoner: Bordering on Death Seeker.
  • Back from the Dead: Following the total failure of her heart and respiratory system, Blackjack is clinically dead for several hours. Her brain and body only survive because Rampage is used as a willing life-support machine until BJ can be implanted with synthetic organs.
  • Badass: Hardens into one over time.
    • Handicapped Badass: From Chapter 27 onwards, eventually escalating to an insane degree. As of Chapter 33, she's missing both eyes and all four legs, and still manages to kill one of her attackers while nailed to the floor.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: Following her augmentation.
  • Bad Dreams: Frequently. Become memories of Psalm thanks to her connection to the Goddess.
  • Being Good Sucks: Most chapters involve her being severely punished for doing good things.
  • Berserk Button: Blackjack tends to flip out if she sees innocents or her friends being harmed for any reason.
    • Following Chapter 33, being reminded of her rape becomes this.
  • Bi the Way: Goes both ways throughout the story, though she remains a lesbian for most of the story after hooking up with Glory.
  • Body Horror: Taint and Enervation reduce her leg bones to the consistency of rubber and destroy her left eye. In Chapter 30, a tumorous growth fills the empty socket. Then in Chapter 32, her mutations get even worse.
  • Book Dumb: Considers herself this.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: She had believed her contraceptive implant would prevent pregnancy. It didn't.
  • Came Back Strong: Temporarily lost use of her magic, but gained an augmented cybernetic body.
  • Casual Kink: Blackjack has masochistic tendencies, though it's unclear whether she always had them or if they developed subconsciously from her early guilt and desire to be punished. She gradually becomes more open about them, both with herself and her friends, and enjoys having Glory rough her up in bed.
  • Catch Phrase: Several of them:
    • "I'm not a smart pony."
    • "Security saves ponies."
      • Similar to the above, and often used with it: "I'm not an excecutioner."
    • "Ante up."
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Word of God on why she had trouble with her augmentations at first.
  • Character Blog: Here. (Unofficial, heavy spoilers.)
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Blackjack is a life-long sufferer, with an unfortunate tendency to act without considering the consequences. A likely candidate for BJ's Fatal Flaw. She's so focused on helping others that she ends up saddled with crippling guilt when things inevitably go wrong, to the point of almost completely disregarding her own health. She becomes overwhelmed with guilt whenever she is forced to harm noncombatants herself, and normally can't bring herself to kill in cold blood.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Cosmic Plaything: Blackjack has good intentions, but things rarely turn out as she hopes and her attempts to help often make things worse. This trope may be literal, if Big Daddy and/or the zebras are to be believed.
  • Cyborg: As of Chapter 34.
    • Taken even further as of 62b. She's now more machine than pony.
      • As of chapter 65, she is a cyborg no more, because her mind was transported to a clone of her body, and her old body was taken over by Cognitum.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her new cyborg alicorn augmentation it almost all black with glowing red eyes.
  • Determinator: To a fault. Her eagerness to act causes almost as many problems as it solves, but stopping to reflect often leaves her wallowing in guilt.
    • Lampshaded. Blackjack's Chapter 27 perk is Made of Stubbornium.
  • The Dreaded: After she comes Back from the Dead, the Zebra Remnant refer to her as 'Maiden of the Stars', a title they previously reserved for Nightmare Moon.
  • Dreadful Musician: Surprisingly averted. Her music with Octavia's contrabass is rough around the edges, but is apparently quite pleasant. Octavia's soul may be helping.
  • Driven to Suicide: Attempts suicide twice after she's forced to gas Stable 99. In the first case, she attempts to stay behind as the stable floods with chlorine. The Goddess catches on and has Lacunae teleport her out. In the second, she fails to shoot herself because she forgot to turn off her gun's safety.
  • Drunken Master
  • Dynamic Character: BJ changes a lot during the story, both physically and psychologically speaking: apart from taint mutations and being reborn as cyborg, she also changes from a trigger-happy vigilante with Emo tendencies to an Atoner wannabe who tries desperately to give justice without killing anybody (alas, she fails most of the time). She even becomes less of an Idiot Hero and more of a Team Mom.
  • Eat Dirt Cheap: Following her augmentation, BJ is able - and required - to eat scrap metal and gems to maintain her cybernetics.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Go Fish, or 'Fishy'.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The lesser variety. Blackjack's bizarre sense of taste says that the rancid-orange-juice flavor of Rad-Away is "tangy" and a raw-egg-and-chili-powder hangover cure is "not bad". Said hangover cure made Rampage vomit. She happily eats Glory's cooking. After upgrades, she adds metal and rocks to her diet and becomes the greater variety of Extreme Omnivore.
  • Eyepatch of Power: After losing her left eye.
  • First-Person Smartass
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Blackjack starts out as the most incompetent security mare in Stable 99. Within weeks of leaving, she accumulates a kill count in the hundreds, including innocents and children.
  • Glowing Eyes: Gains a pair, but often hides them with a pair of Cool Shades.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars/Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Blackjack becomes increasingly disfigured over time, accumulating significant laser scars and partly-healed bullet wounds on her face and torso, along with a large 'Y' shaped scar over her missing eye. Eventually, her taint contamination starts to manifest in the form of hideous tumors and does awful, unseen things to her legs.
    • Played Straight and Justified, at least in the long term, once she becomes a cyberpony - her healing talisman regenerates superficial wounds, so long as she's mostly intact.
  • Hallucinations: What she believes Dealer to be, but also sees others while in strong magical fields or suffering from sleep deprivation.
  • Healing Factor: Inbuilt healing and repair talismans grant her this following her augmentation, but she needs to fuel the repairs by eating raw materials.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in Chapter 22. Her friends think it's a heroic sacrifice, when it's actually more of a suicide attempt.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation
  • Hero with an F in Good: She means well, but Blackjack's attempts at heroism or redemption generally wind up resulting in massacres, dead foals, permanent physical or psychological damage for herself and her friends, or any combination of the above. The Ragtag Band of Misfits only stays together and follows her because they're all more or less equally broken.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To the Stable Dweller.
  • Hurting Hero
  • Idiot Hero: BJ often misses things that other characters catch on to quickly, asks more verbose characters to explain things in simple terms, and berates herself for lacking intelligence.
    • Invoked! Somber stated he had trouble trying to figure out what kind of pony he wanted Blackjack to be. Then he found out this trope on This Very Wiki; at which point, 'click'.
    • She is gradually becoming less so, though: right now, she's learning to think more about the consequences of her actions and to see things through others' perspectives.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Develops a relatively minor mutation early on.
  • Legacy Character: Blackjack is revealed to be a direct descendant of Twilight Sparkle and Big Macintosh. During the war, Twilight became pregnant but her cousin Marigold acts as a surrogant mother, adopting Twilight's child and named her Tarot. Tarot was eventually taken into Stable 99, and many years later, Blackjack was born.
  • Made of Iron: Blackjack can soak up a ridiculous amount of punishment, and she knows it.
    Blackjack: Iíve had cyberponies blast me with artillery! Iíve been shot in the back by zebra snipers and taken an armor piercing round through my skull! Iíve had my face attacked by almost every single pony I call a close and personal friend! Iíve had boats dropped on me! Donít you tell me what will and wonít kill me!
  • Martyr Without a Cause
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Mind over Matter: As standard for a unicorn. Her magical abilities are nothing special, but she sometimes uses her telekinesis to sabotage her opponents' weapons.
  • Multicoloured Hair: Her coat colour is white, but her mane and tail are striped red and black.note 
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of Scoodle -> The Fluttershy Medical Center -> the massacre of Stable 99, each lasting until she manages to top herself.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Or rather, Star-touched Mutant Cyborg Unicorn.
  • Pregnant Badass: As of chapter 62b.
  • Primal Fear: Played for Laughs with her fear of heights.
  • Rasputinian Death: A combination of cancer, mutation, multiple limb amputation, blood loss, pneumonia and finally, heart failure.
  • Really Gets Around: A heroic variant and major character flaw, stemming from her upbringing in Stable 99. Even after realising that 99 was a very poor example of how healthy sex and relationships work, BJ remains naive and is very easily seduced.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her standard eye colour. Becomes more pronounced after she becomes a cyborg. And again more apparent after being further augmented.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to P-21 and Glory. Blue to Glory in bed.
  • Running Gag: Whenever someone new joins the party more often than not she will get shot by them.
    • Blackjack thinks Littlepip and Stable Dweller are two different ponies and every time someone tries to correct her, something interfers.
  • Samaritan Syndrome
  • Sanity Slippage: Has moments of this, particularly when the stress, guilt, chem abuse, brain damage and taint contamination start piling up on her. She suffers recurring hallucinations and nightmares involving a stallion she calls the Dealer, due to his association with cryptic playing card-related metaphors, and in one case threatens him only to find that she's actually pointing her gun at Glory's head.
  • Scars Are Forever
  • Spin-Offspring: Evidence seems to suggest that Blackjack is distantly descended from one of the Mane Six; Silver Stripe suspects Twilight Sparkle.
    • As of chapter 34 we know it is most probably not Twilight Sparkle as she was not able to open the door in Tenpony Tower. The most probable candidate aside from Twilight seems to be Rarity, as Fluttershy only ever had one daughter, Applejack never had a child before Stable 2, Rainbow Dash is rumored to be lesbian in-universe and Pinkie Pie is... well, not an option at all.
      • This is later revealed to be a ploy by her friends to keep her out of the Twilight Society's hands. She really IS Twilight's descendant.
  • Skilled, but NaÔve: Being from a Stable leaves her with no wasteland experience. She quickly adapts.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A.
  • Stoic Woobie: Invoked. She tries to keep this facade up for her friends' benefit.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Having grown up underground, BJ is naturally a weak swimmer. Later Justified even further; her extensive cybernetics weigh her down enough that she immediately sinks. In chapter 36, she almost drowns in a (large, but relatively shallow) pool of blood.
  • Surprise Pregnancy
  • Survival Mantra: Several, most notably "Do better" and "I'm not an executioner".
  • Telepathy: As of chapter 47, the magic tumors in her head are advanced enough for her to start hearing the Goddess. Neither party is pleased with this.
  • Technical Pacifist: To a degree. She tries desperately to be a full-fledged one, but alas, whatever for self-defense or Berserk Button, she fails most of the time.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Kissed by Discord. As well as hijacked by Unity.
  • Unicorn
  • Unreliable Narrator: Unintentionally. Blackjack's emotional instability often ends up influencing her narration of events.
  • Villain Override: The Goddess eventually gains a measure of control over Blackjack's mind, occasionally forcing her to act against her will and tampering with her memories.
    • Played with in chapter 65, at the end of which Cognitum moves Blackjack's mind to a clone of Blackjack's body, and takes over Blackjack's cyberpony body.
  • Walking Disaster Area
  • Walking Spoiler: Most of the spoilers on this page, as well as any fanart past a certain point, are due to the fact that Blackjack dies and is rebuilt as a cyberpony.
  • Warrior Poet: Sort of. Blackjack has a tendency to break out in crude, often violent songs, including renditions of certain numbers from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. However, she quickly takes to a musical instrument and the narration of her Tranquil Fury in Chapter 22 is interspersed with an adapted version of William Blake's The Tyger.
    • Lampshaded by Xanthe in Chapter 47. According to a field report she heard about, singing in combat improves one's ability by around seventy percent, and that any singing adversary is to be avoided.
  • Weapon of Choice: Though she uses various weapons when nothing else is available, BJ prefers to use a combat shotgun.
  • We Can Rebuild Her
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Twice. Once due to terminal illness, averted by her cyborg conversion, and again thanks to a soul-draining spell cast on her by Snips.


The oldest stallion in Stable 99, P-21 is used as a breeding tool and sex toy by the mares. Facing his inevitable "retirement", P-21 takes the opportunity to flee with Blackjack out into the Wasteland. A grumpy and deeply traumatised buck, P-21 is The One Guy in the team and keeps to himself, and Hates Being Touched. Later revealed to be Scotch Tape's dad.

Morning Glory, aka. Fallen Glory, later 'Rainbow Dash'

A pegasus who is a surviving member of the Volunteer Corps, Morning Glory joins Blackjack and P-21 shortly after their arrival in the Wasteland. An idealistic Combat Medic, Glory becomes Blackjack's marefriend and morality chain. She suffers a lot in the story.

  • Gatling Good: After accidentally breaking Leo's AER-14 rifle, Glory buys a gatling laser, and later uses its barrel assembly to repair and upgrade the AER-14. Cue Beam Spam.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Remains behind to ensure Blackjack, P-21, and Scotch are launched in a rocket to the moon, just as a missile is about to strike the space centre.
  • Lethal Chef: Only Blackjack can stand her cooking, due to BJ's bizarre sense of taste. After BJ's upgrades, Glory considers gemstones and metal to be valid ingredients.
  • That Pony is Dead: Changes her name to Fallen Glory shortly after her branding, claiming that things will be better for everyone if the Enclave believe her old self is dead. The name doesn't stick for long though, and most characters simply refer to her as Glory.
  • The Medic: Glory is an Enclave medical technician.
    • Hidden Depths: Glory is much more competent with medicine than she initially lets on, and performs a number of life-saving surgeries over the course of the story. This includes spinal surgery, skin grafts, tumor excision and lung and eye transplantsnote . She also assists Professor Zodiac and Rover in jury-rigging a life support system from Rampage's body and rebuilding Blackjack as a cyberpony, but the extent of her involvement in these procedures is unclear.
  • Parental Abandonment: Glory's mother Dawn left the Enclave when Glory was young. She eventually shows up in Chapel, looking for EC-1101.
  • Pegasus
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to P-21 and Blackjack. Though the roles are eventually reversed in Glory and Blackjack's sexual relationship.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Once she upgrades to a gatling laser.
  • Weapon of Choice: Frickin' Laser Beams
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Wholeheartedly believes in the Enclave, even after Operative Lighthooves betrays her and has her branded as a dashite.

Rampage / Arloste / Peppermint

A deeply troubled but powerful and immortal Reaper, Rampage is a daring and adventurous mare who likes to charge headlong into battle and is The Big Guy of Blackjack's team. She is in fact the end result of a soul-absorbing talisman made by Rarity, that contains several personalities of dead ponies and other creatures. This leads to a lot of mental problems for her, and has caused numerous tragedies for her in the past.


An alicorn and a member of the Goddess' Unity. She was asked by the Goddess to join Blackjack's group for the Unity's well-being. She is a quiet and reserved person, and wears a black lace dress to hide her alicorn form when in public and is skilled with a minigun.

  • Elephant in the Living Room: As with Fawkes in Fallout 3, nopony seems to pay much attention to the enormous, minigun-wielding alicorn following Blackjack around. Somewhat justified in that Lacunae makes an effort to conceal her wings.
    Lacunae: One advantage to being a giant unicorn is that few bother you with why you are a giant unicorn.
  • Expy: Of Legion. Unique, friendly member of a Hive Mind race commonly seen as villains? Check. The Smart Guy? Check. Proficient with a sniper rifle? Check. Has trouble fitting in with others due to limited social understanding? Check. Disseminates herself so that her kind can live as whole individuals? Check.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Goddess is going to die. How this will affect Lacunae remains to be seen.
    • Chapter 58 confirmed this trope with the Goddess' death. Lacunae survived the destruction of Maripony, only to willingly destroy herself to allow all of the removed memories to return to their rightful owners. Twilight Sparkle then takes over the body, saving Littlepip in Fallout Equestria.
  • Gatling Good: Spends several chapters carrying a minigun, but is eventually forced to leave it behind.
  • Healing Horn
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Erases herself to return the memories and feelings dumped in her to their original alicorn owners.
  • Hive Mind: Part of one by virtue of being an alicorn, though more independent than most.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Lacunae is healed and strengthened by radiation exposure.
    There was something fundamentally disturbing about the way she splashed it all over herself. Nopony should have that much fun in magical waste.
    • Later on, when Blackjack accidentally triggers a powerful flash of radiation,
    I stared at the rad readout as I watched the needle visibly rise! Lacunae groaned, her eyes closed with an expression of bliss and a blush on her cheeks.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Lady of Black Magic
  • Meaningful Name: Discussed and Invoked. 'Lacunae' typically refers to something that is missing or omitted. Lacunae herself is a living repository for all the regretful memories that the rest of the Hive Mind would rather not dwell on.
  • Mind over Matter
  • Only Sane Mare: Lacunae is the only member of the party not to suffer from long term physical, psychological or sexual trauma. Naturally, this is often lampshaded but is, most likely, a temporary state.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: Fulfills this role among alicorns, as in addition to being disconnected from their Hive Mind and her being sent to Hoofington (a place where the Goddess can't send any alicorns due to the constant psychic screaming that the city emits being harmful to them), she's also used as the dumping ground for all of the memories that the Goddess doesn't want to think about, whether they're Trixie's or Twilight's.
  • The Smart Guy: While P-21 and Glory are also contenders for this one, Lacunae has by far the greatest magical ability.
  • Telepathy
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Comes with being a purple alicorn.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While Lacunae herself isn't evil, per se, she's part of something that most certainly is.
  • Villain Override: Occasionally, though it's often Played for Laughs.
    Lacunae: But perhaps you possess a means to obtain [a copy of the Black Book] from the O.I.A. Hub, yes?
    Blackjack: Funny. What kind of Goddess wouldnít know?
    Blackjack: Gotcha.
  • Voice of the Legion/Large Ham: Whenever the Goddess performs a Villain Override.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Lacunae is left speechless when Paladin Stronghoof displays affection for her.
  • Winged Unicorn
  • Woman in Black: Typically wears a mourners' gown to conceal her wings.

Scotch Tape

A filly who lives in Stable 99 and fixes the Stable's plumbing. She is taken outside by Blackjack and P-21 following the events in their home, and makes it her mission to find her talent to avoiding getting a toilet Cutie Mark. P-21's daughter.

  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to Blackjack. She's not happy when she finds out.
  • Morality Pet: Serves as this for most of the protagonists, particularly Rampage and Lacunae.
  • Parental Abandonment: In part. While they travel and work together, P-21 resents the idea of developing an emotional bond with Scotch and remains distant. Eventually averted.
  • Ill Girl: Following the killing joke encounter.
  • Sixth Ranger/Tagalong Kid
  • Sole Survivor: Of Stable 99 (Not counting BJ and P-21, as they left voluntarily some time beforehand).
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the melee in Chapter 31, Blackjack asks her for help rebooting some Steel Rangers' disabled power armor. All Scotch can do is cower in fear inside a wagon. Shortly afterwards, just as Blackjack and Lacunae are about to be overwhelmed, the Rangers come to their rescue. Turns out that Scotchnote  managed to overcome her fear of the Rangers and assist them - right in the middle of a chaotic and bloody battlefield.
  • Wrench Wench
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair


A pale white artificial pony that Blackjack befriends when searching for Sanguine. She is a mute Blank Slate, being very animal in nature, but grows attached to Blackjack and her friends.

  • Artificial Pony
  • Baby Talk: As of chapter 62b, she can now say "Bwackjack".
  • Blank Slate: A rather extreme example, having no ability to do anything except eat food that's offered to her, sleep when she's tired, and hide from danger. She may be smarter than she appears, however, as she briefly manages to use a gun to protect (and shoot) Blackjack during a battle.
  • Character Blog: Boo has her own unofficial character blog here.
  • Cuddle Bug: Towards Blackjack.
  • Cute Mute
  • Dandere: A mild example
  • Marechild An extreme and justified example. Despite having the body of a full-grown mare, Boo behaves more like a dog (or real pony) because she was never raised or socialised.
  • Sharing a Body: Chapters 64 and 65 reveals that Discord got inside Boo during the escape of Hippocratic.
  • Spider-Sense: Apparently. She hides from danger before Blackjack can perceive it, but didn't show any qualms about walking right up to Blackjack and her friends.
  • Sweet Tooth: So much so that it's about the only thing guaranteed to get her attention.
  • The Soulless: According to Goldenblood, anyway.
  • The Speechless
  • Younger Than They Look: Boo is weeks old at most.



The Big Bad of Projeect Horizons, and founder of the Harbingers, who dwells in the Hoofington Core. She wants to obtain EC-1101 to restore Equestria, and then rule it as a goddess. The mastermind behind Deus, Sanguine, and the Harbingers coming after Blackjack.
  • A God I Am: Believes she is considering she is a copy of Luna's mind, albeit being the worst aspects of her.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Cogntium is a copy of Princess Luna's mind, accidentally created by Mr. Horse while attempting to copy Goldenblood's brain using his mind-copying ripoff of the Crusader Maneframe.
  • Anti-Villain: A Well-Intentioned Extremist. She can also be very generous, [[spoiler: giving Blackjack a copy of her original body after stealing her cybernetic one.
  • Big Bad: Established in the fourth volume, watching and occasionally aiding Blackjack from afar. She was responsible for sending Deus to Stable #99 to retrieve EC-1101 and most other events thereafter.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cognitum tries to act like Luna, but is more like Nightmare Moon, insane, vengeful, and destructive.
  • Brain Uploading: Subverted. Horse's ripoff of the Crusader Maneframe copies minds, which is how Cognitum is created from Luna's mind.
    • Played straight when she hijacks Blackjack's body.
  • The Chessmaster: Revealed to have been pulling the strings of the badguys since the start of the story, but even directing Blackjack to dangerous places as a Secret Test of Character as part of her ploy to steal her cybernetically augmented body. As the story progresses, it is revealed that Cognitum formed a new world order through the O.I.A. and was likely responsible for kicking off the megaspell armageddon on Equestria to remove all oppositions of leadership.
  • Dark Messiah: Wishes to restore Equestria through evil means, and praised as this by the Harbingers.
  • Even Evil Has Its Standards: When Steel Rain suggests hurting Blackjack's unborn infant to co-operate, Cognitum chews him out.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Behind Deus, Sanguine, Steel Rain, and the Harbingers.
  • Mechanical Monster: Doesn't have a physical body for most of the story, til she hijacks Blackjack's. Beforehand, she can control robots, machinery, and attacks Blackjack's group in the city tunnels with a giant monster made from a factory floor.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Decides to murder a few thousand or so ponies to motivate Blackjack.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: A textbook example. Cognitum wants to restore Equestria but at any cost, even if it means utilising an alien soul-sucking abomintion or a superweapon to achieve it.
  • Villain Override: Can do this to other machines and robots, including cybernetic ponies like Dawn.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Utopia Justifies the Means.

The Prophet, aka. Dawn

The enigmatic leader of the Harbingers who wish to change Equestria and Hoofington via extreme measures. Is actually Dawn, Glory's missing mother.

The Harbingers

Sanguine, aka. Doctor Trueblood

A primary antagonist in the story, Sanguine is a Canterlot Ghoul who seeks to use EC-1101 for unknown reasons and will do whatever it takes to get it.


A pegasus who bears a striking resemblance to Fluttershy. She is a cruel and sarcastic Combat Pragmatist who has a thing for Sanguine. She is actually the child of Fluttershy and Goldenblood, believed to have died in premature childbirth, but was saved by Sanguine for his own plans.

The Reapers

A large group of raiders who dominate Hoofington, the Reapers were designed to fight off against other gangs in the wasteland and make it a better place. The Reapers are led by Big Daddy. They operate out the Hoofington Dome and often have gladiator battles. Rampage, Deus and Gorgon are all members of the Reapers.

Operative Lighthooves

An Enclave member who represents the pegasi community known as Thunderhead. A well-intentioned soldier, he wants to ensure Thunderhead survives against all odds, going to extreme lengths to achieve his goal.

  • Affably Evil: Lighthooves remains polite and well-composed most of the time and is quite willing to negotiate when convenient.
  • Enemy Mine: He rescues Blackjack and Glory from Chapter 29's Literal Cliffhanger and establishes a mutually beneficial arrangement to preserve Thunderhead against the Enclave proper.
  • Motive Rant: Lampshaded in Chapter 30.
    May I rant a little? I think that, since youíve seen fit to give me the role of a villain, Iím entitled to give a little explanation?
  • Playing with Syringes: Afraid that the Enclave military at large is planning to attack Thunderhead, his goal is to adapt the raider virus to infect pegasi, presenting a more direct threat for them to focus their attention on. Chapter 42 reveals that he has succeeded, and that his agents used Neighvarro pegasi as test subjects.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Chapter 30, he explains in his Motive Rant that everything he's done has been to protect Thunderhead in hopes of sustainable surface contact in the future. Granted, the details include a fair amount of genocide, but still, it's enough to convince Blackjack to call a truce.

Star Paladin Steel Rain

A cruel Steel Ranger who is working for Cognitum and the Harbingers. He is a powerful opponent and becomes a recurring enemy for Blackjack.

  • BFG: Carries a pair of anti-dragon autocannons on his armor. Apparently they can vaporize a pony from two miles with near-perfect accuracy. See Gun Porn.
  • The Dreaded
  • Evil Gloating: At the climax of Chapter 32.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: When Blackjack sees his face, she notes that he looks "surprisingly gentle". It's the last thing she ever sees without prosthetic eyes.
  • General Ripper
  • Gun Porn: Goes into exquisite detail explaining the capabilities of his BFGs.
    Steel Rain: Do you really think a gun like this should be left in a weapons locker to collect dust?
  • Hero Killer: From his first appearance, Blackjack is noticeably intimidated by him. After cornering her on the HMS Celestia, he cripples her with a single shot and comes very close to killing her outright; she pulls a Taking You with Me, which he survives.
  • Implacable Man: In their first encounter, BJ blows off his helmet and barely slows him down. In the second, he shrugs off anti-material rounds and proves a match for Rampage in close combat. Eventually meets his end at the hooves of Blackjack, dying from exposure to Enervation after she snatches a charm that protects him from it.
  • Power Armor


A surviving member of the Proditors zebra tribe clan, Lancer is a very religious zebra who believes Blackjack is the Apocalypse Maiden.

Stable 99 Antagonists

Blackjack's home Stable 99 is ruled by mares, with the forty males used as breeding tools. When Blackjack returns, she finds the Raider Virus has turned many of the residents into cannibals.

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An enigmatic figure from the war, Goldenblood was director of the Office of Interministry Affairs (or O.I.A.) and aided joint projects between the Ministries. He was a survivor of the Littlehorn Massacre, but was infected with Pink Cloud and spoke is a raspy voice and was deathly ill. Had a doomed relationship with Fluttershy. He was a master of manipulation and very secretive.

  • Bastard Bastard: Both a literal bastard and a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Break the Haughty: At least twice. His messy breakup with Fluttershy and his eventual arrest are the clearest examples so far.
  • Covered with Scars: Following Littlehorn.
  • Freak Out: According to Sanguine, Goldenblood completely lost it after being arrested for treason.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Over the course of the war, Goldenblood changed from the obscure bastard son of Prince Blueblood, to a geology and history professor, to one of the most influential and subversive govenment officials in Equestria.
  • Ill Guy: Following Littlehorn, though it doesn't seem to inconvenience him too much.
  • Incurable Cough of Death
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Manipulative Bastard: Oh yes. For reasons not yet known, Goldenblood had a significant influence on Luna's government reforms and the formation of the ministries. He is also known to have wiped Twilight's memories of creating the Gardens of Equestria, and blackmailed Rarity over her posession of the Black Book.
  • Offing the Offspring: Subverted. Calling out another mare's name while intimate with a pregnant Fluttershy caused her to go into premature labor. Both Goldenblood and Fluttershy were lead to believe that the resulting birth was a miscarriage, and mourned as such. In fact, Trueblood (later Sanguine) actually kept the infant Whisper (later Psychoshy) in secret to further his own ends.
  • Posthumous Character: Revealed to be alive all along, imprisoned in Project Redoubt.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Littlehorn Massacre.
  • Spin-Offspring: Of Prince Blueblood.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist Chancellor: Appears to have been this to Luna.
  • Workaholic

The Dealer

A mysterious skeletal pony who wears a battered hat and coat, the Dealer materialises shortly after Blackjack downloads EC-1101 into her PipBuck and has a flipflopping view on her efforts to do good. Blackjack assumes he is death incarnate but learns he is a pre-wasteland spirit attached to EC-1101 to ensure it reaches its proper destinations.

  • The Atoner: As Echo, he believes he stood by and did nothing as his team disintegrated around him, and he had a very miserable life.
  • Cool Hat
  • Dem Bones: At first.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Betrays Blackjack to Cognitum to get back his body.
  • The Gambling Addict: Always accompanied by a deck of cards.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives these to Blackjack whenever she's in high spirits...
  • Rousing Speech: ... and gives these to Blackjack whenever she's in low spirits. His flip-flopping between the two confounds Blackjack to no end.
  • Soul Jar: Blackjack believes the Dealer is a hallucination or the embodiment of death. Turns out he is actually the ghost of Echo, a member of Macintosh's Marauders, whose soul was bound to EC-1101.
  • The Watcher

The Zodiac Family

A group of various individuals who work for Professor Zodiac. While they are introduced as antagonists targeting Blackjack, they are good people at heart. Each member is named after a star sign of the western zodiac.


The kindly leader of the small settlement named Chapel, Priest created a safe haven town for refugees and others who he refers to as "Pilgrims". He works as a priest for Princess Celestia and Luna, restoring the town's chapel to its pre-war state. He tries to dissuade Pilgrims from taking "The Journey" but will not stop them if they decide to do it.

  • Bi the Way: Forms a relationship with P-21.
  • Big Fancy House: Priest gives his old house, Star House, to Blackjack to live in. Twilight Sparkle's cousin Marigold once lived in the house.
  • Driven to Suicide: Priest tries to convince Pilgrims from not partaking in the Journey, but will not force them to stop if they decide to go through with it. The Journey itself involves the Pilgrims walking across the bridge leading to Hoofington's Core, where the deadly disintegration weapons will instantly kill the Pilgrims.
  • Due to the Dead: Built a graveyard in Chapel for those who take the Journey.
    • Earns this himself after his death.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Founded Chapel.
  • Good Shepherd: Very much so. Founded Chapel to allow pilgrims or wanderers a place to live and founded the Crusaders to give orphaned children a family/home.
  • Happily Married: Used to have a relationship with Rampage and they had a foal together. However, it fell apart when one of Rampage's alternate personalities killed their child, and they split up.
  • Killed Off for Real
    • Cruel and Unusual Death: Priest tried to fight Sanguine to protect his friends, only to receive a face full of Pink Cloud, melting his face and fusing it to the floor.
  • Let Them Die: Priest's morals behind letting the Pilgrims take the Journey, believing they deserve better. He gets a What the Hell, Hero? from Blackjack when she witnesses this.
  • Parental Substitute
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • The Vicar: Fills this role in the Fallout Equestria world. He is a priest of Celestia and Luna, founded the town and built it around the chapel that it is named after, has the colours of a vicar's uniform, and his Cutie Mark is a silhouette of Celestia raising the sun.

The Society

A civilized faction living in Hoofington, the Society believe themselves to be the rightful and future leaders of Equestria. They are led by the elderly King Awesome and most are descendants of pre-war Equestria's aristocracy. Awesome has three children.

  • Affably Evil: Beyond the slavery, the Society are probably one of the nicer factions that Blackjack meets. They want to restore Equestria, share the Fluttershy Medical Centre with the Collegiate, and grow fresh fruit to trade with other factions including the Enclave.
  • Awesome McCoolname: King Awesome and his children.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Princess Charm. A bratty self-centered filly who believes she should be King Awesome's successor because she just should. She even kidnaps Scotch in an attempt to make Blackjack pick her, but Blackjack easily defeats her and lets Rampage and Scotch torture her.
  • Cool Old Guy: King Awesome.
  • Cool Airship: The Fleur. Blackjack and co. are allowed to use it to reach Thunderhead.
  • Fair Cop: Princess Grace is the most sensible and idealistic of King Awesome's children. Blackjack chooses her as King Awesome's successor.
  • Legacy Character: Most of the members are descendants of Equestria's aristocracy, including Shining Armor.
  • Posthumous Character: Fancypants, and King Awesome.
  • Prince Charming: Prince Splendid.
  • Servant Race: The Society started off as slavers, but thanks to King Awesome, their methods were altered so the slaves would be known as serfs. They had better priviledges but were still slaves, and wore bomb collars.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Subverted. Most members of the Society are well aware of the harsh conditions of the Wasteland but do their best to just live out their lives normally.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: After King Awesome dies, he deliberately makes Blackjack queen of the Society, so she can sort out the troubles of the faction and to fairly decide which of his children should ascend the throne. She picks Grace.

    Macintosh's Marauders 
A special squad consisting of all three species of pony, designed for the purpose of special ops and combat. Led by Big Macintosh, the group formed a family-like unit over the course of the war. However, tragedy ended up destroying the squad following Big Macintosh's death at Shattered Hoof Ridge. The rest of the squad either died or suffered horrible fates, some appearing two-hundred years later in the Equestrian Wasteland.

Tropes shared by the characters include:

  • Badass Crew
  • Doomed by Canon: Like most of the pre-Wasteland cast, the Marauders all suffer terrible fates that leave them either dead, insane, emotionally broken or are mutated into alternate forms. See Posthumous Character below.
  • Fallen Hero: Most of them eventually become examples of this.
  • Posthumous Character: As Macintosh's Marauders existed during the Great War, all of Blackjack's encounters with them are through memory orbs and apocalyptic logs. Though many of them are actually still alive, the intervening time has changed them to a point where they are no longer recognisable.
    • By the start of the story, Big Macintosh (took a bullet for Princess Celestia) and Vanity (stabbed by his brother Blueblood) are both dead; Jetstream went nuts and sent off by Garnet to bomb the zebra capital as part of a "rescue mission"; and those who were still alive in numerous forms, Applesnack (Fallout Equestria's Steelhooves), Doof (Deus), Twist (part of Rampage), Psalm (Lacunae), Stonewing (Gorgon), and Echo (The Dealer).
  • The Squad
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The fate of Doof and Stonewing. After disgracing himself by raping Twist, Doof was 'volunteered' for Project Steelpony and used as a guinea pig for cybernetic enhancement technology. Stonewing, after being paralysed in combat, was used as a test subject in Project Chimera and merged with a cockatrice.
  • We Were Your Team: The squad rapidly fell apart after Big Macintosh's Heroic Sacrifice.

Big Macintosh

Leader of the Macintosh's Marauders, Big Macintosh is an intelligent, strong and respected sergeant of little words. He is big brother of Applejack and Apple Bloom. He was the heart of the squad and the others idolised him. However, he infamously died defending Princess Celestia at the botched Shattered Hoof Ridge peace talks, leading to the destruction of the squad.

  • Achilles in His Tent: Big Macintosh intended on retiring from military service after learning Maripony was pregnant with his child. This caused problems among the squad, but Big Macintosh wished to live a happy life and not die in battle. Then came the Shattered Hoof Ridge peace talks.
  • A Father to His Men
  • Ascended Extra
  • Bad Ass
  • The Big Guy: Nicknamed this by his squad members.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Echo explains to Blackjack that shortly after the creation of the Marauders, they went to a funfair and met a zebra fortune teller. He told them that they would become famous and help win the war, as long as they remained true to one another and kept their fellowship together. However, he forewarned that if the fellowship was broken, the first to break it would die a peaceful death while the others would suffer unimaginable fates. It was first believed Stonewing broke the fellowship with his "death", but it turns out Big Macintosh was responsible with his plans to retire. He died in the most painless death of the squad via a bullet to the head.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre
  • Catch Phrase: "Eeyep" or "Nope".
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Possesses great physical strength thanks to years working on Sweet Apple Acres.
  • Cool Big Bro: To not only his sisters but to the younger members of the squad like Twist, Echo and Jetstream.
  • Genius Bruiser: His brains and brawn made him the ideal leader for the squad.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Big Macintosh when he told Psalm that he had faith that she would not shoot him or Celestia. She did.
  • The Heart
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Said to have died like this during the battle at Shattered Hoof. Turns out this is actually half-true. Big Macintosh defended Princess Celestia from zebra assassins, only to end up taking a bullet fired by Psalm, who thought a dead Celestia was better than a captured Celestia.
  • Large and In Charge
  • Legacy Character: Blackjack is a direct descendant of him and Twilight Sparkle.
  • Officer and a Gentleman
  • Posthumous Character
  • Secret Relationship: He dated a mare named Maripony during the war, actually Twilight Sparkle in disguise, using Maripony to be herself.
  • Small Steps Hero: Protects Princess Celestia against all odds to save her alone, even though it costs him his life.
  • Taking the Bullet
  • The Quiet One


Big Macintosh's lieutenant, Applesnack is a cynical, gruff and moody earth pony who is openly racist towards zebras. He dated Applejack during the war. Would later become the first Steel Ranger and used the alias Steelhooves.


The youngest member of the Marauders, Twist is an old friend of Apple Bloom and had a lifelong crush on her. She spoke with a speech impediment and wore glasses, but got rid of both to not be a liability to her team. Dated a Proditor zebra named Shuuja.

  • Adorkable
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Twist towards Apple Bloom.
  • Bare Hooved Monk: Twist is adept at zebra martial arts.
  • Bi the Way: Twist is an open lesbian, had a long-time crush on Apple Bloom, dated Psalm for a time, and had a relationship with Shuuja, a Proditor zebra who were loyal to Equestria.
  • Broken Bird: By the end of the war.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Had a crush on Apple Bloom and believes her biggest mistake in life was getting her Cutie Mark before Apple Bloom.
  • Innocent Bystander: Was a victim of the zebras' bombing of Hoofington shortly after the Littlehorn massacre, her candy shop being burnt down by the attack.
  • Legacy Character: Became this as the final active member of the Marauders using the title.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • New Meat: She was the youngest member of the team.
  • Posthumous Character: Shuuja was killed by a racist mare during a mission to meet a tribe of zebras hoping to allegedly join Equestria's forces. Twist was also shot and close to death, only for Shuuja to rip out the regenerative Phoenix Talisman and give it to Twist, dying herself. Twist later died at Miramare Air Station on the Last Day, and her soul along with the talisman, ended up in Rampage, actually her daughter Peppermint.
  • Rape as Drama: Thanks to Doof's own stupidity and Brass' manipulation, Twist was unintentionally raped by Doof, leading to Doof's incarceration and Twist's fear of her former best friend. Twist later gave birth to Peppermint.
  • Speech Impediment: Has one as a filly but eventually gets rid of it.
  • Sweet Tooth: Often munched on peppermint sticks and mint-als. She owned a candy store in Hoofington with Doof before it was burnt down.

Doof / Deus Ex Machina

A large, simple-minded stallion who was friends with Twist and Psalm. He acted as the Dumb Muscle of the team, and had a crush on Twist. Following Big Macintosh's death, he did a number of terrible things that led to being turned into the cyborg Deus Ex Machina.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Doof loved Twist, even though she only saw him as a friend and repeatedly rejected his feelings. Unfortunately, Doof's limited intelligence led him into being manipulated by Brass into raping Twist.
  • Berserk Button: Deus hates being called a "doofus", or being outwitted by any mares.
  • Big Bad: For the first arc of Project Horizons. He returns with his mind programmed into a tank, though thanks to Blackjack seeing him as a pony, he has a Heel-Face Turn.
  • BFG: Used a machine gun on the battlefield. Gains two gun turrents as Deus.
  • Big Eater: His Cutie Mark is a knife and fork. He co-ran Twist's candy store with her.
  • Cyborg]]: As Deus.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Fat Best Friend: To Twist.
  • Fat Idiot
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Was in constant pain as Deus and had to use constant drugs to subdue the agony.
  • Formerly Fat: Traded his gut for muscles.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: After raping Twist, poor Doof was imprisoned in Hightower Prison to rot. He pleaded with Vanity to let him see Twist for beg for forgiveness, but was denied. This led to him becoming a monster, believing all mare were "cunts" including Twist, and he was put in solitary confinement to prevent him from harming anyone. He was then selected for Project Steelpony, becoming the deadly Reaper known as Deus.
  • [[sppoiler: Heel-Face Turn: Sides with Blackjack after she identifies him as Doof rather than Deus and sympathises with him.]]
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dies after being blown apart by his own cannons, though his brain survives, and body parts used to turn Blackjack into a cyborg.
  • Tank Goodness: His brain is placed into a tank controlled by the Harbingers.
  • The Reveal: His identity as Deus, and he is Rampage's father.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His sex drive was bigger than his brain, leading to his Start of Darkness.
  • Verbal Tic: Refers to all mares as "cunts", particularly Blackjack.
  • Was Once A Pony
  • Would Hit a Girl: And do worse to her.


A quiet unicorn who acts as a sniper for the Marauders. Psalm is old friends with Twist, and is a very religious mare, worshipping Princess Luna mostly and always begs for forgiveness whenever she kills or harms someone.

  • Apologetic Attacker: Psalm prays to Celestia and Luna for forgiveness whenever she takes a life.
  • The Atoner: Really wants to become this but believes Luna will never forgive her.
  • Broken Bird: By the end of the war.
  • Cold Sniper: Becomes an emotionally broken, remorseless sniper who carries out Project Partypooper, only apologising to Luna as usual.
  • Crisis of Faith
  • Faith Heel Turn: Psalm has a Despair Event Horizon and breaks emotionally after killing Big Macintosh. The day after, she abandons the rest of her team and becomes an emotionless sniper following the orders of Luna, carrying out Project Partypooper.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Her reasoning for her actions, though she hates herself for it.
  • Karmic Transformation: Psalm is forced into Unity by the Goddess, earning her "forgiveness", and becomes the building block for what would become Lacunae. Becomes an alicorn after Lacunae's death.
  • Kill 'em All: Psalm carries out Project Partypooper, designed to eliminate those who are meant to wield the EC-1101. She learns the order was issued by Garnet, but after shooting Garnet and leaving her to die, Psalm goes to Maripony to kill Twilight on a suicide mission.
  • The Quiet One
  • Sanity Slippage
  • The Stoic
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Has a very close relationship with her teacher Goldenblood.

Stonewing / Gorgon

One of the Marauders' two pegasus members, Stonewing and Jetstream acted as aerial support and were a perfect tag team. He lost his voice when he took a bullet to the throat, and then his life when blindsided in a later battle. He actually survived and was used by Sanguine as the first test subject in Project Chimera, fused with a cockatrice and became Gorgon.


The second pegasus in the Marauders, Jetstream is a fast, high flying pegasus and has a lifelong crush on Stonewing.

  • The Ace
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Jetstream loved Stonewing since she first met him, but he was oblivious to her affections since he was focused on Rainbow Dash.
  • Broken Bird: Loses her true love and has her memories erased of him, Big Macintosh dies, and she has a mental and emotional breakdown.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jetstream was so distraught by Stonewing's death that she asked Vanity to remove the memories of him. Vanity reluctantly agreed, but this only led to Jetstream's mental breakdown.
  • Love Triangle: Jetstream loves Stonewing who loves Rainbow Dash, while Vanity loves Jetstream.
  • Put on a Bus: While in the Happyhorn Gardens, Jetstream is approached by Garnet who lies to her that Stonewing and Big Macintosh are imprisoned in a zebra prisoner war camp and sends her off to fly off and "rescue" them. After Jetstream leaves, Garnet implies Jetstream is doomed since the Last Day occurs in four days time.
  • Sanity Slippage: She slowly went insane following Stonewing's and Big Macintosh's deaths. Much to Vanity and Echo's regret, she was eventually put in the Happyhorn Gardens mental hospital where she believed she was still on duty with all of her teammates alive.
  • Up, Up and Away!

Vanity Blueblood

Goldenblood's uncle and Prince Blueblood's brother. Vanity is a royal aristocrat who becomes the moral officer of the Marauders. While proud, he is a very kind and generous unicorn in comparison to his snobbish brother.


The Communications Officer of the group, Echo is a small stallion who is able to carry huge amounts of equipment on his back. Eventually became the Dealer.

  • A Friend in Need: Wanted to keep his friends forever, but because he did nothing to help them, he ended up alone.
  • Becoming the Mask: In his spare time, Echo played a roleplaying game as "Smiling Jack", whom he considered better to be. This trope came into effect when he became the Dealer.
  • Communications Officer
  • Dirty Coward: Considers himself this for just standing by and watching his teammates fall apart.
  • Lonely Together: Echo and Goldenblood.
  • My Greatest Failure: His inability to help his friends.
  • Secret Keeper: Claims to know most of the Marauders' darkest secrets but did nothing to bring them to light to help his friends. Eventually he was hired by Goldenblood as his assistant, learning many of the O.I.A.'s secret projects including that Stonewing was alive.
  • Soul Jar: His spirit was attached to EC-1101 by Goldenblood.

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