LARA CROFT BIO
TAPS OFFICIAL OVERHAUL
Copyright 2006 Eidos Interactive
[ April 22nd 2006 ]
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 Croft.
Croft 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.
Croft 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 gifted child.
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.
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
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 relatives.
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.
methods 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.
the 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
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
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.