Lara Croft (Icons Writeup)

Lara Croft
aka Tomb Raider

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 4
Intellect 5
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 9

Powers
*Hunting Knife 4
*Handguns 4
*Machine Gun 5 (Extra: Burst)
*Climbing Rope and Grapple 4
*Gadgets 4

Specialties
Athletics (Master +3), Business (+1 bonus), Drive (Expert +2 bonus), Investigation (Expert +2 bonus), Linguistics (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Medicine – First Aid (+1 bonus), Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Pilot (+1 bonus), Sleight of Hand (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Master +3 bonus), Underwater Combat (Expert +2 bonus), Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Hand-to-Hand (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Ranged (Master + 3 bonus)

Qualities
*Aristocratic Upbringing
*Prefers to Work Alone
*Addicted to Danger

Background

This writeup is mainly inspired by the original series of video games and the woefully unappreciated comic book series. I haven’t seen the newer reboot movies or games.

The daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, Lara was brought up in the secure world of aristocracy surrounded by tennis, butlers and corgis. But this all started to change when she went to the renowned school of Gordonstoun and found the mountains of Scotland.

Later, at her Swiss finishing school, she took to the art of extreme skiing and spent a holiday in the Himalayas searching for more challenging terrain. On her return trip however, the plane crashed deep within the mountains and Lara was the only survivor.

Two weeks later, when she walked into a mountain village, her experiences had had a profound effect on her. Unable to stand the suffocating atmosphere of upper-class British society any longer, she realised she was only truly alive when she was travelling alone.

Despite this drastic life change, Lara still retains the essence of her upbringing – most notably with her polite, upper-class accent.

Lara’s parents though, having sported hopes of her marrying the Earl of Farringdon, were less than convinced about this chosen lifestyle and ceased to associate with their daughter – even terminating her monthly allowance. The Earl is still waiting.

While in England, Lara lives in a mansion in Surrey which she inherited many years ago. At one time she saw little use in it but now realises that, if nothing else, it is at least handy for storing all the artifacts she has acquired on her travels. She has also had a custom-built assault course constructed in the grounds for training purposes.

Saturday Matinee: Tomb Raider Revisioned

tomb_raider_cover_27__randy_green_and_izaak_wilson_by_paradoxdigital-d65st0aEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at the Revisioned Tomb Raider animated series. This was a 10-part animated series that was distributed through the online game service GameTap from July 10, 2007 to November 13, 2007. The series featured a wide variety of animated versions of the character and was a lot of fun for folks who enjoy pulp-style adventure. You don’t have to be a fan of the video game to enjoy this so strap on your pistols and get ready for a fun ride. The entire series is linked below and it takes about an hour to view all the episodes.

The art accompanying this post is by Randy Green and is from Tomb Raider issue 27.

Saturday Matinee: Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake!

art-lara-croft-nathan-drake-wallpaperEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at an epic beatdown between Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and Nathan Drake (Uncharted)! Both of these characters emerged from pulp-inspired video games that are quite popular with the adventure crowd. Obviously, most of the younger generation thinks that these heroes are basically variations on Indiana Jones but we all know that Indy himself was inspired by the movie serials and pulps of the past.

So – who’s going to win in this titanic tussle?

Click and see!