OFFICIAL LARA CROFT BIOGRAPHY (CORE
daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, was born in England
on February 14th 1968. She was raised to be an aristocrat
from birth, and had lived in luxury aloof from the world
at large. From the age of 3 Lara began her learning
with a private tutor. Lara attended Wimbledon High School
for girls at the age of 11.
At 16 her parents
decided she should broaden her education by studying
at Gordonstoun, one of Britain's most prominent boarding
schools. 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 & parents alike.
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 pass up this opportunity,
Lara burst into the room, thrust the article in front
of her parents & without hesitation demanded she accompany
Von Croy on his expedition.
could hardly disagree that travel was an education in
itself. As Lara argued the case further, he found himself
walking over to the desk & penning a letter to Von Croy.
He Introduced himself as an influential society figure
and offered financial assistance in exchange for his
daughter's place on the expedition. Von Croy's reply
assured the Henshingly Croft's that the territories
were friendly and that he had ample experience to look
after both his & Lara's well being.
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.
a Swiss finishing school at the age of 21, Lara's marriage
into wealth had seemed assured, until one day, on her
way home from a skiing holiday, her chartered plane
crashed deep into the heart of the Himalayan Mountains.
Lara probably should have died there, as most people
would have, instead she learned how to depend on her
wits to stay alive in hostile conditions a world away
from her sheltered upbringing.
Two weeks later
when she walked into the village of Tokakeriby her experiences
had had a profound effect on her and in that process
transformed herself as well. Her Himalayan odyssey was
both miraculous and enlightening, as the young woman
not only survived, but gained a perspective on herself
and the world that made her past appear shallow and
naive. Out of the darkness of her ordeal, she saw her
future reflected in a different light.
She felt profoundly
that there was more for her in this life than the coddled
existence that had become her numbing habit. She realized
that she was only truly alive when she was travelling
alone. Over the eight following years she acquired an
intimate knowledge of ancient civilizations across the
globe. Her family soon disowned their prodigal daughter,
hoping she would wed The Earl of Farrington. She turned
to writing to fund her trips.
Famed for discovering
several ancient sites of profound archaeological interest
and gaining some notoriety for having slain an actual
Bigfoot in North America, she made a name for herself
by publishing travel books & detailed journals of her
became the seeker of truths, both large and small, and
in that pursuit she continues to this day.