All through this week until the end of February 24th, Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics will be running something called ‘Endurance Week,’ where each of the characters joining Lara Croft on her ill-fated search for Yamatai will be revealed.
These characters are all Lara’s fellow shipmates aboard the Endurance, a salvage vessel captained by one Conrad Roth, which at the beginning of Tomb Raider is wrecked and its remains grounded ashore.
We begin our look at the various personlaties of Tomb Raider with the Endurance captain himself, Roth, with details on Lara Croft herself, too:
- Real Name: Conrad Roth
- Age: 52
- Nationality: British (Sheffield/Southern Yorkshire)
- Occupation: Captain of The Endurance, Freelance salvage and treasure hunter, ex military.
- Interests: Rock climbing, hiking and wreck diving.
“After serving two combat tours with the RMC (Royal Marine Commandos) Roth left the military and put his specialized skills to use as wreck-diver and freelance treasure-hunter. Roth traveled the world, earning a reputation for toughness, competence, and a willingness to bend inconvenient laws restricting traffic in historical artifacts.
“Those qualities attracted the attention of wealthy private collectors including Lara’s parents. For several years, Roth accompanied Richard Croft on over a dozen treasure-hunting expeditions, acting as a guide and, when necessary, bodyguard.
“Roth has modeled his style of leadership on that of his hero, the explorer Ernest Shackleton. The welfare and safety of his crew is paramount to Roth and he prides himself on instinctively knowing who is going to make a good crewmember. He is also a hands-on leader who knows how to boost the morale of his shipmates, have fun and remain both optimistic and realistic.”
- Real Name: Lara Croft
- Age: 21
- Nationality: British
- Occupation: Recently graduated Archaeologist. Also worked several part-time jobs as a student to help pay her way through university, including bar work.
- Interests: Archery, rock climbing & hiking, reading & research.
“A bit of a workaholic, Lara is an unassuming and rather bookish young woman, making her way through life in search of meaning and direction after the disappearance of her parents while on an expedition. She is a product of a privileged childhood, and was initially sheltered from many of the harsh realities of life. Growing up, Lara spent time travelling with her parents on archaeological expeditions. She developed a worldly outlook and a passion for ancient mysteries.
“The search for Yamatai marks her first job after graduating from university. Although it is her first time as a full crewmember, it is not her first time on the Endurance. She spent time in her early adolescence on the ship when her father used to hire Roth for expeditions, and took several smaller trips more recently as an intern when she could get time away from her studies. Her best friend Samantha and the crew of the Endurance are the closest thing to family that Lara has.
“She possesses a powerful sense of moral (if not physical) courage. Lara is clever, resourceful and determined. When push comes to shove, Lara’s loyalty to her friends outweighs her fear for her own safety.”
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