OFFICIAL LARA CROFT BIOGRAPHY (CRYSTAL
Lady Lara Croft
is an 11th generation Countess. The Croft family was
granted the title and rights to Abbingdon, Surrey by
King Edward VI in 1547. The Croft Estates are comprised
of three separate manor houses, two of which are maintained
by the National Trust, and the third is home to Lady
herself has suffered several personal tragedies, including
the deaths of both parents on separate occasions before
she came of age. Reputably an accredited genius and
Olympic-standard gymnast, Lady Croft is the focus of
wild speculation and intense debate in both the scientific
and political communities in addition to the popular
press. Idealized and vilified in equal measure, she
is perhaps one of the most fascinating and enigmatic
figures of our time.
was born in Surrey's Parkside hospital to Lady Amelia
Croft and the notorious archeologist Lord Richard Croft,
the late Earl of Abbingdon. Between the ages of three
and six, she attended the Abbingdon Girls School, where
it quickly became clear that she was an exceptionally
At the age
of nine she survived a plane crash in the Himalayas
that took the life of her mother. In perhaps the first
story of her prodigious indomitability, she somehow
survived a solo ten-day trek across the Himalayan mountains,
one of the most hostile environments on the planet.
The story goes that when she arrived in Katmandu she
went to the nearest bar and made a polite telephone
call to her father asking if it would be convenient
for him to come and pick her up.
For six years
following the plane crash, Lara rarely left her father's
side, traveling around the world from one archeological
dig site to another. During this period she was ostensibly
given a standard education from private tutors, but
it would probably be more accurate to say she was her
father's full time apprentice.
When Lara was
fifteen, her father went missing in Cambodia. Extensive
searches by the authorities and Lara herself turned
up human remains that could not definitively be identified.
Since Lord Croft's body was not officially recovered,
Lara could not directly inherit the Croft title and
Lara was thrust into a bitter family feud over control
of the Abbingdon estates with her uncle Lord Errol Croft.
Lara eventually won the legal battle, and took possession
of her inheritance but at the cost of a deep rift in
the Croft family that left her estranged from her living
Lady Lara Croft
has already eclipsed her father's career; as of this
writing she is credited with the discovery of some fifteen
archeological sites of international significance. These
sites are still yielding new and exciting insights to
the past on an ongoing basis. No one can deny Lady Croft's
incredible contribution to the field of archeology,
however she is not without her detractors.
have been frequently called into question by government
officials and other practicing archeologists. She has
been described variously as anything from cavalier to
downright irresponsible. Some scholars have suggested
that her notorious lack of documentation and brute force
methodology have contaminated countless sites and done
more harm than good. There have even been (unsubstantiated)
allegations that Lara actually takes items from these
sites before informing the international community of
their locations, and that she is nothing more than a
glorified treasure hunter.
tabloid press's infatuation with her, Lara Croft guards
her privacy with complete determination. She has never
granted an interview nor made any personal comment to
any of the rumors associated with her, preferring to
express herself through brief formal statements given
by the family solicitors, Hardgraves and Moore.
there have been a number of unofficial biographies printed
about the young Countess, that attribute wild and fantastic
feats to her exploits, ranging from the discovery of
living dinosaurs in the Congo to infiltrating the infamous
Area 51 in Nevada. The official line from the Croft
Estate to these works is simply that "...these books
are utter rot: disgraceful, trashy works of total fiction."
if you even make a cursory search on the Internet for
the Unexplained, the Mysterious and the Downright Unbelievable,
time and again you will find Lara Croft's name appearing.
She appears to be a hero to conspiracy theorists and
alternate history aficionados alike.
It seems the
further you dig into Lady Croft's life, the more bewildering
and mysterious she becomes. Perhaps like the archeological
sites she discovers, we have only scratched the surface
of this incredible woman and the complex and inscrutable
secrets buried deep within her.