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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?

Morning Glory
Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons, Ch. 8, Pg. 20

Blackjack
Char - Blackjack (Stanwuuz)
Blackjack in her security armor.
~ DAfavicon Stanwuuz
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Full Name Go Fish (actual name)
Title Security

Maiden of the Stars

Queen Blackjack

Race Unicorn

Cyberpony Cyber-Alicorn Unicorn Clone

Sex Mare
Faction/Role Stable 99 (Security pony)

Reapers (Gang member)

Society, Current leader/Queen

Family Gin Rummy (Mother)
Status Alive
  Dead Chp.33

Alive Chp.34 Dead Chp.48 Alive... again

Blackjack is a white unicorn mare with a black and red mane, and is the lead protagonist in Project Horizons. She was once a resident of Stable 99 where she worked as a security mare.

HistoryEdit

Early History Edit

Blackjack was a security mare in the extremely matriarchal Stable 99, located near Hoofington. Her mother Gin Rummy was head of Stable security, a role that Blackjack was set to inherit due to Stable 99's hereditary job role system; as with all mares in the Stable, she grew up without any contact or input with her father, as colts simply fill a reproductive role in society. While she followed security detail, she wasn't the most competent at her job and spent most of her time wishing for something more exciting to do, playing cards, and chasing after Midnight. Throughout her time in the stable she continually felt her inadequacies compared to her mother and had great difficulty bonding with anypony due to the intimidating nature of her future role as head of security.

At the beginning of the story she is shown suffering from anxiety about the state of the stable, specifically with regards to it's current condition and the possibility of another revolutionary incident; whenever her mind turns to such things however, she simply remembers the first rule of Stable 99: "don't think about it". She found and captured P-21, the latest male "breeder" scheduled to be euthanized after leaving her usual card game with the Maintenance department early.

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.

Recent History Edit

TraitsEdit

AppearanceEdit

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, 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. She was outfitted with a new set of synthetic eyes (similar to her old ones) and her legs were replaced with white metal limbs, which notably included fingers, a feature implemented by Rover. After having her cybernetics heavily damaged in another fight with Deus (who had been reincarnated as a tank) her legs 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 injuries, giving her noticeable armor plating along her back and up her neck. 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.

In chapter 62, Blackjack undergoes a more extensive upgrade in Shadowbolt tower to survive against the army of dangerous augmented Pegasus ponies. The process, run via Dealer through EC-1101, is referred to as Alicorn "Eclipse" Modification. Blackjack becomes covered in power armor from head to hoof with only her muzzle, mane and tail uncovered. She is also given wings fitted with levitation talismans, granting her flight. It's hinted, but not implicitly stated in the chapter that Blackjack has kept more of her organic body than the augmented pegasi

During the conversion process, Blackjack learns she is pregnant. Likely candidates for the father are the Stygius and P-21. However, given the early development stage of the fetus, P-21 is the most likely.

Following her time trapped in the core, Blackjack undergoes several transformations. Firstly her mind and soul are removed from her augmented body and placed within a clone of her original self (ie no augmentations and no taint mutations) grown from a Blank. Later her mind is removed from this body and placed within the computer system which had previously been occupied by Cognitum.

Blackjack is later restored to her clone body. Her appearance is currently the same as when she first left Stable 99 and she enjoys the long missed sensations of pain and tiredness, loving the feel of her heartbeat and being out of breath. She also finds her teleporting ability seems much more powerful; likely due to her now possessing a light, entirely organic, body, rather than her heavy cyber one.

PersonalityEdit

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 also habitually peeks into memory orbs, being curious of the 200-years-past Great War. She is also agoraphobic, which she attributes to her upbringing in a stable (conversely, she has no problems with enclosed spaces).

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. She has also been with Stygius, the bat pony, and broadcast over her Pipbuck's broadcaster that she was healing after her rape, and Stygius had helped her to do so. After Glory heard of this by listening to the broadcast, the relationship went downhill, but has continued non-the less.

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 openly conversed with him and mistaken her friends as the pale, straw-hatted pony, admitting to herself and her friends that she is a "little crazy".

Blackjack suffers greatly from the guilt of her actions both before and after entering the Wasteland and has suffered a mental breakdown on more than one occasion. Following one particularly devastating choice, she became suicidal and was only stopped from killing herself by the timely intervention of Watcher. Her mental state deteriorates after she undergoes cybernetic augmentation, as she feels she is no longer fully alive. She has been diagnosed as having a self-destructive personality by both the Happyhorn Medical AI and Doctor Octopus as she continually pushes herself harder into more dangerous situations. All of these issues, and the affects they have had on her friends has lead her to admit that she is unstable and deeply hates herself.

AbilitiesEdit

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 learned how to cast a light spell and has attempted memory spells with some success, leading her to believe that her lack of magical talent may be due to the poor education she received from Stable 99's teacher, Textbook. After practicing magic using a proper (if extremely basic) training book, she was able to cast a teleport spell, however even the few feet she was able to teleport caused her great strain; overtime she improves this ability however, able to teleport short distances despite the great mass of her augmentations. Through practice and study she slowly discovers an aptitude for magic tricks, including summoning a door frames and casting a cloud walk spell. Overuse of her magic has caused her to loose the ability to perform even basic telekinesis at times and she lost the ability to use any of her magic for several days after her horn was chiseled off during an attack on the seahorse.

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. Currently, after the loss of the Star Metal Sword in Shadowbolt Tower during the Enclave Story Arc, she has no melee weaponry.

After becoming a cyberpony, Blackjack 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. She has undergone three surgeries involving her Cybernetics; the first gave her the original Cybernetic legs and organs, the second was an upgrade after Rover, Triage and Dr. Zodiac felt that the stealth model of legs were insufficient to handle her endeavors; using Glory's Father's Power Armor remains, they crafted Blackjack a new set of legs, all in black, and reinforced several parts of her existing augmentations (most noticeably her Spine), further improving her durability. Since then, in Chapter 62 part 2, she has undergone a 3rd surgery, this one guided by Echo, using the Eclipse Steel Pony plans, and a specialized Auto-Doc like device to perform the operation. She is now completely adorned in black metal, only her muzzle, and a small section in between her flanks remain flesh and blood. She has her Cutie Mark Etched into the metal over her flanks, and, as a gift from Echo, has SECURITY and the CMC Emblem emblazoned along her spine. Her eye's are hidden behind narrow slits in the faceplate, much like a Power Armor Helmets eye cover. Also added to her new body are Cybernetic Wings, with ruby levitation talismans that allow her to fly, albeit horribly. Her new body, however impressive, drains power noticeably, especially when in flight.

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.

EquipmentEdit

WeaponryEdit

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, formally owned by Prince Vanity 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). When Blackjack used Folly to destroy the HMS CELESTIA, she dropped it into the bay, losing it forever.

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. The names of Card Trick's entire family line down to Blackjack are etched on the grip.

Taurus Rifle - A unique hunting rifle that once belonged to the Zodiac Taurus. Blackjack frequently uses it's scope to see far off enemies. She has since returned it to the family it came from, as a parting gift.

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.

Security Baton - Blackjack's primary weapon before leaving Stable 99.

Cupcake's Revolver - a Revolver that once belonged to the Marauder Cupcake. It was dropped in the Hoofington river following a halcination of the Dealer.

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. The sword was lost when Blackjack nearly lost power mid flight and had to teleport herself and Boo the last 20 feet to the top of Shadow Bolt Tower.

Penance - An advanced, magically enchanted, prototype, M.W.T./M.A.S. sniper rifle once used by the Marauder Psalm; Blackjack acquires this weapon with Lacunae's help while en route to Maripony. Despite her admiration for the weapon, Blackjack uses it sparingly due to her preference for close-range combat.

MiscellaneousEdit

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.

RelationshipsEdit

P-21 - P-21 came from the same Stable as Blackjack, however he was one of the 40 males kept in the stable for "breeding" purposes while she was one of the security mares who were feared by the general populace. Their differing experiences in Stable 99, personal history together, as well as their personality clashes have raised tension between the two from the outset. Despite this, the two share a close love/hate relationship and have become inseparable as companions over time. Following her own experience aboard Thrush's ship when it was attacked by raiders, Blackjack was able to understand P-21s personality better and they have continued to grow ever 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, the loss of one of her wings, Blackjack's sexual encounter with Stygius, and killing joke transforming her 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. Considering herself a "fellow monster" for all the mistakes and difficult decisions she has had to make in the wasteland, 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 fulfills her promises to the Goddess. Over time, the two have become close friends with Lacunae displaying an almost motherly affection towards the her and the team, something which appears to irritate 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.

Boo - Blackjack discovered Boo (a "Blank" earth pony clone with little more than animal intelligence) in the halls of the Project Chimera facility under Hoofington. Despite her initial confusion towards the strange mare, Blackjack quickly befriended her through the use of snack cakes and protected her as they journeyed through the facility. While she deeply worries for the Blank's safety, Boo does not like being separated from Blackjack for extended periods of time and follows her like a loyal pet. Despite being told otherwise, Blackjack is certain that Boo is a real pony and shows great interest in her emerging intelligence.

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 is a distant cousin of the ruling family of The Society, and is also proven to have Apple family ancestry.
  • 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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