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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 1030
12-06-2010, 09:51 AM
Originally Posted by K-Tar
Yep, and I would imagine that all chapter serfs go through combat training (they can't afford anything else, because the ship crews are mainly servitors and there aren't necessarily enough marines to repel and conduct all boarding parties) and then specialise in other duties. Best example for such multi-tasking is again the Space Marine Librarian who has to combine physical power, psionic power and a lot of knowledge. A librarian-serf would only have to combine two areas.
Well, I have another stance on the subject. Librarian-serfs are librarians. First and foremost, if not only. Bookkeeping is their job, and they would do well to concentrate on this, for failure in their duties would not bode well. Fighting is for the Marines, the Imperial Guard, the PDF and, if need be, the militia. A comparison with the Astartes Chapter Librarian, despite the somewhat similar monicker, is quite far-fetched. Not only because of the much longer lifespan (and greater experience) of the Marine, but also because he went through the normal Marine creation process, including hypno-training, weapon drills and genetic upgrades.

But that's just my take on the subject. In my eyes, Chapter serfs are smallfolk. Peasants. But I guess our interpretation differs a bit on this detail.