LIBRARIAN (METRO 2033)
Metro: Last Light
Librarians are huge, quasi-intelligent creatures so named by the metro-dwellers due to their habitat – the Moscow State Library. Only encountered in a select section of the book and later in the games, they are some of the most powerful and frightening enemies Artyom will have to face in Metro 2033.
In both canons, librarians are much less deformed than other mutants of the Metro, resembling ordinary Gorillas in both posture and overall physical appearance, though they are much larger and have longer and thinner arms. In the game however, they have a fearsome visage, as their faces, somewhat humanoid, have one lip that covers their shark-like teeth and snout. This is caused from the nose and upper lip of their human progenitors fusing over successive generations. They are very territorial and will confront anything that appears to be a threat. They show signs of aggression by roaring and raising their upper lip, showing their teeth as a deterrent like most modern primates do. They are so powerful and territorial that they will even fight a demon if it enters the Library.
Notorious for being some of the most dangerous monsters that inhabit the wastes of Moscow, librarians are very difficult enemies, resilient enough to withstand many point-blank shots even from powerful weapons like the Duplet, and whose attacks can kill Artyom and the Stalker of Kshatriya with a few vicious sweeps. They are quite agile and capable of high jumps despite their size, and most importantly they have enormous physical strength, at least on par with the demons, and more than enough to tear apart a human being with their elongated fingers. They are one of the most intelligent mutants found in the area.
They also appear to be omnivorous as they have cultivated large amounts of plants in several areas.
Librarians have a somewhat low level of intelligence that can be compared to a Gorilla. However aside from Humans and the Dark Ones, they are one of the most intelligent creatures still alive. Librarians have unique abilities that come from the fact that they are mutated primates. They can memorize small pieces of literature, place traps, and even semi-communicate in the form of creating a temporary neutrality by staring a human in the eye. Aside from this, the Librarians’ intelligence is largely undiscovered. In Metro: Last Light, Bar and Su can be heard talking about one Librarian that can apparently utter short sentences about overdue books and that it is an albino. In the novel, a librarian that had just killed Daniel mimics Artyom’s speech, and said, “Go away.” It is implied it said it on purpose, but may have just been mimicry.
- Common Librarian: Common librarians are covered in gray skin and are found only on the surface of the Library. These librarians are more passive than black librarians. Artyom can prove that he is no threat by standing his ground and staring it down until it walks away. However, if Artyom turns his back on one, it will take its chance to attack and if Artyom attacks one it will not relent unless killed.
- Black Librarian: These librarians are only found underground. They are often found sleeping in nests of torn-up books and can still be stared down or avoided. They are more aggressive but have the same health.