While reading Reman definition at Memory Alpha, I found this piece of text:

As Remus was a tidally locked planet, the Remans live on its dark side, and thus were extremely sensitive to light.

Followed by this one:

Among the Romulan people, Remans have historically been known as great warriors. As such, Romulan senators often had Reman bodyguards in their employ to intimidate possible opponents.

How can these two texts stands together? How can someone become a great warrior and a good bodyguard, if he / she is "extremely sensitive to light"? Romulus is not a tidally locked planet, it has days and nights. How can Remans serve so well in these conditions (mostly, during day)?

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    they work the night shift? :) Dec 17, 2014 at 12:15
  • LOL! Truly, that could be the answer, but how to imagine a "great bodyguard" if it can secure you only, when you sleep.
    – trejder
    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:16
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    They wear sunscreen?
    – Valorum
    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:19
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    Sunshades, goggles, helmets, full body armour, only work inside Buildings etc ,etc.
    – Cherubel
    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:21
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    Light sensitivity is easily overcome via technology. As Cherubel says, goggles. Such things are doable with today's tech. That would not in any way interfere with their abilities as warriors.
    – BBlake
    Dec 17, 2014 at 13:12

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This is mentioned in "Star Trek: The Original Series: Vulcan's Soul #3: Epiphany"

The guards fell in behind them. Once inside the ship, their suits' visors darkened in what was, to them, the painfully bright light of the ships interior.

So when wearing there suits they use a visor to defend their eyes but they can see in a well-lit environment but feeling a lot of pain.

He watched as his crew rifled through Karatek's and T'Vysse's packs. They contained little but the light hooded cloaks they would use on the other world. --- They raised the hood to cover their faces in case lights rose unexpectedly.

This indicates also they use hoods to help dim the light when in unfamiliar enviroments.

As you say, there is a contradiction but they do use other means to still be the great bodyguards.

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