The Fates warn Xena that the timeline will revert to normal if she ever sheds even a drop of blood in danger.
Xena: But I'm a warrior. How can I obey that? Atropos: As a warrior, you can't.
Lyceus jokingly remarks that Xena could've fought Cortese herself before saying that would've been quite a sight to see.
It's a Wonderful Plot: Xena experiences what the world would be like if she had never become a warrior. Her beloved brother is alive and she is to be married, but old foes were able to cause trouble and Gabrielle is a slave.
It's All My Fault: Lyceus blames himself for Cyrene's death. Xena cryptically notes it's really her fault.
Missing Mom: In the altered timeline, Cyrene died. Lyceus says it was shortly after Crotese ravaged their home.