#TR25 Twelve Days of Christmas / Day 11

We have gone through quite the journey these past 10 days. We have been hard at work to introduce you to the franchise that by now I am sure you would like to know more about our beloved heroine – Lara Croft herself!

Let us take a peak at each of Lara’s brief synopsis included with the Tomb Raider games that have been released so far!

Tomb Raider 1

Lara Croft, daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, was raised to be an aristocrat from birth. After attending finishing school at the age of 21, Lara’s marriage into wealth had seemed assured, but on her way home from a skiing trip her chartered plane had crashed deep in
the heart of the Himalayas. The only survivor, Lara learned how to depend on her wits to stay alive in hostile conditions a world away from her sheltered upbringing. 2 weeks later when
she walked into the village of Tokakeriby her experiences had had a profound effect on her. Unable to stand the claustrophobic suffocating atmosphere of upper-class British society, she
realised that she was only truly alive when she was travelling alone. Over the 8 following years she acquired an intimate knowledge of
ancient civilisations across the globe. Her family soon disowned their prodigal daughter, and she turned to writing to fund her trips.
Famed for discovering several ancient sites of profound archaeological interest she made a name for herself by publishing travel books and detailed journals of her exploits.

Tomb Raider 2

Legend has it that when you drive the dagger of Xian into your heart, you acquire the power of the dragon. Literally. In Ancient China, the Emperor was the holder of this power and with his army alongside him, he was a force to be reckoned with. Thus he staked claim to the vast lands that are China. His final battle however ended in defeat. While people fell into submission all around him, the Warrior monks of Tibet would not relent and courageously fought against his evil.
Knowing the power of the dagger, they succeeded in removing it from the Dragon Emperor’s heart — reducing him and his army to
carnage. The dagger was returned to its resting place within The Great Wall and locked up for all time…
Now three parties hold the dagger close to their heart. And all for entirely different reasons. Lara, forever the adventurer, is one of these.
On her travels, she will encounter the other two…

Tomb Raider 3

Millions of years ago, a meteor survived the plunge through the Earth’s atmosphere, impacting in the then warm climes of Antarctica…
The first people to discover this land were a tribe of Polynesians. Despite the now freezing conditions, there was an abnormal abundance of life and the tribe settled, worshipping the meteorite crater for the powers it appeared to hold. Generations later though, catastrophic events forced them to flee in terror…
Today, the same area is being excavated by the research company; RX Tech, who are picking up unusual readings from the meteorite’s impact zone. It is in this zone that they uncover the body of a sailor from Charles Darwin’s voyage on The Beagle. A few of the sailors had it seems, briefly explored the crater’s interior…
Following a story from one of the sailor’s journal, the research company have started to take a particular interest in, not only the crater area, but other parts of the globe where the sailors subsequently travelled to…and died in…
One of these places is India – where Lara is currently searching for the legendary Infada artefact. Unaware of its true history, she only knows that in local beliefs it was supposed to hold great powers and has been revered by tribes there throughout the years…
Soon she will discover much more…

Tomb Raider 4

The daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, Lara was brought up in the secure world of aristocracy – wanting for nothing she was surrounded by servants, social events and high society.
Having attended Wimbledon High School for Girls from the age of 11 years, Lara’s parents decided that now she was 16, she should broaden her education by studying for her A’ levels at one of England’s most prominent boarding schools. An adventurous soul, Lara found the idea of being sent away from home an exciting prospect.

By chance one day Lara came across a copy of National Geographic on the hall table. The front cover featured a familiar name – Professor Werner Von Croy. A respected archaeologist, Von Croy had once lectured at Lara’s school to pupils and parents alike. The experience had a profound effect on Lara, triggering a desire for travel to remote locations in search of adventure. In some ways Von Croy had become an inspirational figure for Lara.
As Lara read further, she learned that Von Croy was currently preparing for an archaeological tour across Asia, culminating in a potential new discovery to be made in Cambodia. Unable to contain herself, Lara burst into the room, thrust the article in front of her parents and without hesitation demanded she accompany Von Croy on his expedition. Lord Croft could hardly disagree that travel was an education in itself.

As Lara argued the case further, he found himself walking over to the desk and penning a letter to Von Croy, introducing himself as an influential society figure and offering financial assistance in exchange for his daughter’s
place on the expedition.

Von Croy’s reply assured the Henshingly Crofts that the territories were friendly and that he had ample experience to look after both his and Lara’s well being. Lara’s company as an assistant would be welcome, as was the offer of such a generous cheque. He remembered Lara from his lecture – her incessant yet insightful questions had made quite an impression upon him.
And so it was agreed by all that Lara would accompany Von Croy for the duration of the tour…
…Once the game has begun, listen carefully to Von Croy, his teaching and advice will prove invaluable on your travels…

Tomb Raider 5

It is a cold, dark, rainy day. With the memorial
service for Lara Croft over, her old friends retire
to the Croft Mansion.
As they sadly collect their thoughts, they reminisce
about Lara’s past adventures …
Meanwhile …
Hundreds of miles away, Werner Von Croy
co-ordinates the frantic dig – searching for answers
buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert …

Tomb Raider 6

As yet no significant arrests have been made for this latest spate of ‘Monstrum’ killings in the capital. Seventeen have been reported so far. A woman was seen leaving the apartment of the latest victim,
Professor Werner Von Croy. Described as Caucasian, brunette, about 1.8m and of slim build, she was wearing jeans, denim jacket and a pony tail. She is dangerous and probably armed. Officers are being advised to use extreme caution when apprehending the suspect.
The press have sensationalised this latest outbreak of killings as “The Monstrum’s Dark Renaissance”, referring to similar atrocities in the capital over the last decade, and possibly as far back as the 1950’s.
There are definite links to atrocities in other European cities going back at least fifty years. Forensics have made no headway regarding the bizarre metallic eruptions found on the bodies of all victims. At present nothing appears to link any of the individuals involved. There have been significant numbers of casualties within Parisian gangland
factions. It would all appear to be the work of a single, highly psychotic perpetrator. The bodies were desecrated and all crime scenes daubed with unintelligible graffiti, indicating some ritualistic
fixation. There are no known survivors of these attacks so far.
The suspect’s apprehension should be made top priority..

Tomb Raider 7, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider 8

At the age of nine, Lara survived a plane crash in the Himalayan mountains that led to the death of her mother. After miraculously
surviving a ten-day solo trek from the crash site to Kathmandu, she spent the rest of her childhood under the close tutelage of her
archeologist father — the late Earl of Abbingdon, Richard Croft.
At the age of 18, after the death of her father, Lara inherited the Croft estates and became Countess of Abbingdon. Since then she has been credited with the discovery of some 16 archeological sites of international significance. Lara Croft has been hailed both as an Archeological Wunderkind and a glorified Treasure Hunter, depending on who’s speaking. There are thousands of rumors surrounding Lara’s exploits, invariably involving the unexplained or outright unbelievable. Lady Croft herself is rarely available for comment, which further adds to the fog of mystery that surrounds
her life and work. Consequently, Lara Croft continues to be the focus of wild speculation and intense debate. Idealized and vilified in equal measure, she is perhaps one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures of our times.

Tomb Raider (2013)

Tomb Raider is the first chapter in the story of Lara Croft. As the game begins, Lara is a young college graduate, eager to find adventure and make her mark on the archaeological world. With her best friend Sam, Lara joins an expedition aboard the research vessel Endurance in search of the lost kingdom of Yamatai.
Thought to have existed on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan, Yamatai’s true location has remained a mystery for centuries. Trusting in Lara’s research, Conrad Roth, captain of the Endurance, takes the expedition into a dangerous area of the sea known as the
Dragon’s Triangle. It is here that everything goes horribly wrong and Lara discovers the true price of adventure.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

In the breathtaking sequel to Tomb Raider, Lara Croft becomes more than a survivor as she embarks upon her first great expedition to explore the earth’s most ancient and remote regions and uncover the secret of immortality.

Harness Lara’s growing talents in a dramatic action-adventure ranging from Syria’s sun-baked ruins to Siberia’s frozen mountains. Play as the young archaeologist as she conquers tombs, outpaces rivals, and establishes her legend.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In the spectacular action-adventure puzzle game and thrilling finale to the Tomb Raider origins trilogy, Lara Croft must save the world from a Maya apocalypse and shape her destiny to become the Tomb Raider.