|“||She can be obtuse, vulgar, and obscene in one moment and then in the next she’s kind, laughing, and more noble than any pony I know. She killed children one day and saves them the next. Is it some kind of schizophrenia, or can a pony actually survive being torn in two directions so severely?||”|
Blackjack in her security armor.
|Full Name||Go Fish (actual name)
|Faction/Role||Stable 99, Security pony
Reapers, gang member
Society, Current leader/Queen
|Family||Gin Rummy (mother)|
|Eyes||Red (with radioactive glow)|
|Mane||Red and black|
| Cutie mark|
Ace and Queen of Spades
Blackjack was a security mare in the extremely matriarchal Stable 99, located near Hoofington. While she followed security detail, she wasn't the most comptetent and spent most of her time wishing for something more exciting to do, playing cards, and chasing after Midnight. When the Overmare sold out the Stable and a program called EC-1101 to a group of raiders lead by Deus, she fought her way out to the Equestrian Wasteland with the program, aided by P-21, in order to draw Deus away from the Stable.
Blackjack has a black and red mane and a white coat. Her eyes (before she loses them) were contaminated by radiation. allowing her to see clearly in the dark. The radiation also gives them a yellow, ghoul-ish glow.
Due to her security barding, most ponies across the Wasteland recognize her as "Security", a name given to Blackjack by DJ-PON3.
As a result of repeated exposure to Taint, Enervation, and Hydra, Blackjack becomes severely ill. She becomes cancerous, has her bones softened (necessitating the use of large metal braces), and eventually loses both eyes and all four limbs.
After succumbing to taint, her wounds, and the loss of all her legs (including some extra ones she had gained via mutation), Blackjack was medically 'dead' for 8 hours. Rampage's circulatory system was linked to hers by Glory in order to keep her alive long enough to get her to Tenpony Tower. There, Silver Stripe, with the aid of the Project Steelpony data that Blackjack had given her, was able to give her multiple cybernetic organs and limbs that saved her life. This included a synthetic stomach that could, alongside normal food, ingest the scrap metal and gemstones necessary to keep her augmentation's power reserves running and speed up the inbuilt repair function. Her legs were replaced with white metal limbs, which notably included fingers, a feature implemented by Rover. All of her cybernetics were integrated into her PipBuck (the device itself was mounted into her foreleg) and utilized her HUD to notify her of their status. However, in Chapter 53, her cybernetics were heavily damaged in another fight with Deus (who had been reincarnated as a tank) and had to be replaced. Due to the lack of complete components her new augmentations were a combination of 'Shadowbolt' cybernetic repair drives, the remains of Sky Striker's Enclave power armor, and the basic components of her damaged limbs. She also had her spine reinforced to prevent potential spinal injuries. While the talisman for the use of the fingers Rover added had been installed, it appears to be nonfunctional and so Blackjack cannot use them.
Blackjack is, according to herself, "not a smart pony". Just like Littlepip she has a tendency to dive headfirst into conflicts and often makes simple, sometimes nonexistent, plans. She often resorts to improvisation, which tend to end badly. She is an alcoholic; her preferred drink is "Wild Pegasus Whiskey", though she is more than willing to consume any alcohol when said preferred drink is not within easy reach, even resorting to drinking rubbing alcohol when no other alcohol was available. She also gets mane itches with varying degrees of intensity, usually preceding major events and/or combats.
She habitually peeks into memory orbs, being curious of the 200-years-past Great War. Her skills of Repair, Lockpicking and Science are dismal, but she is shown to have skill in picking locks with telekinesis. Her proficiency with firearms is significant (Small Guns is listed being 100 in a footnote by Somber), and she is capable of using almost every kind of gun except for heavier weapons. She prefers an "up close" approach to combat, as is evident by her deadly use of hooves, melee weaponry and shotguns. Blackjack uses a Marksman Carbine for intermediate engagements and spotting, and used a deadly-sharp Dragon Claw in pony-to-pony engagements. After the loss of her dragon claw, she began carrying a Star Metal Sword.
Blackjack used to allow the colours of the friend/foe tag of her PipBuck to guide her moral combat decisions (often saying "Red it's Dead. Yellow be Mellow."). Following several, notably traumatic, incidents, she changed her combat motto to "I don't want to kill you if I don't have to." She can be a very caring pony to be around and is willing to help anypony in need, though this instinct has been a bane on more than one occasion.
Blackjack is very charismatic, being able to befriend a wide group of wasteland warriors. Oddly enough they all, including herself, have some sort of emotional problem, having been hurt or damaged in some way. This is commented on a few times as P-21 asks "Blackjack, are you trying to turn us into the deadliest band of angsty whiny ponies to wander the Wasteland?" It has also been noted that one has to have attacked or injured her before joining her party, as every member of her band of ponies has done so.
Blackjack is bisexual, as shown by her previous endeavours in Stable 99. She was in a brief intimate relationship with Morning Glory until her decision to abandon her friends in an attempted suicide (which is stopped by a combination of dumb luck and Watcher's timely arrival). Upon her return to Chapel and her admittance of her attempted suicide and the reasons for it, Glory is happy to see Blackjack alive, but having had her heart broken, she states that she will "require some time". Later on, they rekindle their relationship, but it can get shaky at times.
Blackjack has a notable drive to help everypony in the Wasteland, either by changing them into better ponies or assisting them. This desire, which has become her defining trait, brings her and her friends great sorrow at times. She is haunted by the image of "The Dealer", which reminds Blackjack of all the wrong she has committed, preying on her guilt to torment her. His presence has grown to the point where Blackjack has has openly conversed with him and mistaken her friends as the blue, straw-hatted pony, admitting to herself and her friends that she is a "little crazy".
As a unicorn, Blackjack has access to magic. At the beginning of the story, her magic was weak, as she was only able to perform basic telekinesis. When out in the wasteland, Blackjack discovers/invents the Magic Bullet spell which fires a powerful blast of magic/kinetic energy. Blackjack has also learned how to cast a light spell and has attempted memory spells with some success.
Blackjack, after becoming a cyberpony, has a much higher durability than most ponies. She can regenerate from damage via a talisman built into her body. Her front hooves have built in robotic fingers, ideal for grabbing and holding objects.
Blackjack can eat metal and gems to repair herself. She needs gems to power her artificial organs. She can also eat glass, but it doesn't sit well in her stomach; when she ate it in order to escape a holding cell, she ended up throwing it back up on an unsuspecting zebra. Once ejected from her stomach, the glass solidified, killing the zebra.
Blackjack is an avid gun enthusiast. Her primary weapon throughout the beginning of her journey was a combat shotgun. She has also picked up a veritable array of unique weapons, including:
Duty and Sacrifice - A pair of Revolvers that were found in Miramare air station.
Trottenheimer's Folly - An experimental gun that fires rounds, filled with Taint. Folly is extremely powerful, but dangerous to use as it infuses it's user with some of the Taint from inside the rounds (that, or the blast itself radiates enough Taint to affect the user).
Vigilance - A family heirloom, passed down from the first security mare, Card Trick. Blackjack retrieves the pistol when she returns to Stable 99. Vigilance is her primary sidearm.
Taurus Rifle - A unique hunting rifle that once belonged to the Zodiac Taurus. Blackjack frequently uses it's scope to see far off enemies.
Dragon Claw - An ancient fossilized bone of an ancient dragon. Found within the Hoofington Natural history museum. The claw was destroyed by an Enclave beam weapon.
Star Metal Sword - Blackjack wields a sword she picked up in the Hoofington Natural history museum on the second trip through. The sword is made of star metal and is capable of harming soul jars.
Octavia's Contrabass - A large stringed instrument she found, remarkably well-preserved, in Octavia's apartment in Flank. Blackjack demonstrated remarkable skill at playing it, which caused her to wonder if she had a hidden talent for music and whether her destiny and talent might have been different if she had grown up under different circumstances. It was later revealed that the instrument is a Soul Jar, and that Blackjack's apparent skill was due to "leakage" from Octavia's soul.
Statuette Collection - Blackjack owns a complete set of statuettes. She had great difficulty in acquiring a Twilight Sparkle statuette, finding fake Twilight statuettes on more than one occasion.
P-21 - P-21 came from the same Stable as Blackjack. Their differing experiences in Stable 99, as well as their personality clashes, raised tension between the two. Despite this, the two share a close love/hate relationship and have become inseparable as companions. Following her own experience aboard Thrush's ship when it was attacked by raiders, Blackjack was able to understand P-21 better and they grew closer.
Morning Glory - Blackjack and Glory are in a close relationship. Blackjack found Glory hiding in a small hole under a terminal from raiders. She then tried to offer help to Glory, who slowly adjusted to following Blackjack around the wasteland. Before she knew it, Blackjack had subconsciously favored Glory in many situations. Glory asked Blackjack whether she felt the same "feeling" for her, who answered she might not want to feel that way since she feared she may just used Glory for sex. Eventually, Blackjack came to the conclusion that she loved Glory. Inevitably, they have had sexual intercourse during their adventures, which become kinkier over time, mostly because of Glory's sister Dusk's influence. Glory and Blackjack's relationship has endured many difficulties, such as Blackjack's attempt at suicide, Blackjack's sexual encounter with Stygius, and Glory's killing joke transformation into a Rainbow Dash lookalike.
Arloste 'Rampage' - During their first meeting, Rampage was ordered by Big Daddy to try to recruit Blackjack into the Reaper family, due to her heroic acts. Rampage eventually chose to follow Blackjack in her "stupid" adventures and they become close friends. When Rampage has a momentarily lapse of sanity, it is often Blackjack who must put several bullets into her skull to try and keep her from killing innocent ponies. Blackjack both fears and sympathizes with Rampage.
Lacunae - Blackjack met Lacunae when she entered her newly acquired home in Chapel. Blackjack learned that Lacunae had been observing her for some time, explaining the mysterious figure Blackjack had sometimes seen following her. Lacunae is an Alicorn and a part of Unity. She acts as the Goddess's eyes and ears in Hoofington, and is there to make sure Blackjack fulfils her promises to the Goddess.
Littlepip - Blackjack met Littlepip in the Tenpony Tower clinic while she was seeking treatment with Velvet Remedy, Calamity and Xenith after a failed attempt to negotiate with Red Eye. Being both unicorns from stables and leaders of dangerous groups seeking to make the wasteland a better place, Littlepip and Blackjack quickly become friendly with each other. The two successfully infiltrated Red Eye's camp where Littlepip convinces Red Eye to lend her the Balefire Bomb. Blackjack then helped Littlepip in an addicted state (at Littlepip's request) to destroy her last PTMs. They also shared a kiss in the heat of the moment; an act which Homage discovers but forgives Littlepip for. Littlepip does not remember Blackjack after she removes her memories to deal with the Goddess.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- Blackjack has collected all 6 statuettes of the Ministry Mares.
- Blackjack kept finding fake Twilight Sparkle statuettes, which became a running gag.
- Blackjack is a descendant of one of the six Ministry Mares, specifically Twilight Sparkle, whose child was carried by Marigold.
- Blackjack currently leads a large party of wastelanders, pets, and occasional "guest stars". There is a running gag that party members are not considered official until they have shot, stabbed, kicked, blown up, or otherwise injured Blackjack, whether deliberately or by accident.
- Another running gag is Blackjack's ignorance that Littlepip is the famed Stable Dweller
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