Dark and stormy is the sky overlooking Croft Manor and its grounds. Rain pours onto a statue of Lara herself, recently erected to commemorate her memory. Three people stand in front of the statue: Lord Henshingly Croft and Lady Croft
are huddled underneath an umbrella. The other man, Lara's faithful butler Winston, steps forward to place a wreath at the statue's base. The plaque on the base reads:
ONCE AND FUTURE ADVENTURER,
Lord and Lady Croft turn to depart while Winston heads towards a car which has pulled up nearby. Inside, Winston joins Father Bram Patrick Dunstan in the back seats as the car pulls away. An LCD screen is playing a news report about
the forthcoming memorial service.
DUNSTAN: "Tis a sad day, Winston."
WINSTON: "She will live on forever in our hearts."
DUNSTAN: "Surely Winston, and for this is but a memorial service, there may yet be news from Von Croy in Egypt."
WINSTON: "Indeed, we can only hope and pray that she may yet return to us and I fear that Von Croy, digging in the hopes of discovering her alive may only be met with black reality."
DUNSTAN: "Indeed, indeed."
Using a remote controller, Father Patrick switches off the LCD.
Lara's friends, Winston, Father Patrick Dunstan and Charles Kane all retire to Croft Manor's study for the private memorial service. Winston leads Father Patrick and Charles Kane inside. A short while later, he returns bearing a tray of
tea while Charles Kane is examaning one of Lara's past acquisitions.
WINSTON: "Ah, the Philosopher's Stone. One of Lara's early conquests and one of her most challenging pursuits if my memory serves me."
DUNSTAN: "And Rome still bears the scars of that little episode."
KANE: "Ah, she was never one for diplomacy, Lara. But she certainly knew how to paint the town red."
As they reminisce, a flashback sequence ensues. At the Rome opera house, Lara looks through her opera glasses from a balcony box at the performance below on stage. A man appears behind her.
LARSON: "Well g'all darn! Ain't she just a picture?"
He gives Lara a pat on the shoulder. She turns, lowering her opera glasses.
LARA: "Ah, the charming Mister Larson. Has Pierre let you off the leash? Talking of which, where is our learned friend?"
LARSON: "Oh, he's around. You got the cash?"
LARA: "I've got the cash but I don't deal with the monkey."
LARSON: "Well that ain't polite for a lady. Even if the monkey has the Mercury Stone?"
He produces the stone from his jacket. In return, Lara produces a briefcase containing money.
LARA: "Lucky I'm in a generous mood."
A gun is shoved to the side of Lara's face.
LARA: "Ah, crawled out from under your rock I see?"
It is Larson's partner, Pierre DuPont.
PIERRE: "No need for unpleasantries, Miss Croft. I'm afraid I must, once again, relieve you of your burden."
With the stone still in their possession, Pierre takes the briefcase from Lara's lap and they begin backing away.
LARA: "Easy come. Easy go."
Lara extends her left arm, indicating that Pierre come forward. This he does and bends over to give her a kiss on the hand. Lara takes the opportunity to punch Pierre on the nose with her free hand. He staggers backwards. Larson hands
the briefcase back to Pierre and they continue to back away. Lara has risen from her seat and begins advancing on them. When she is close enough, she roundhouse kicks Larson around the head, forcing the Mercury Stone out of his hand.
Lara dashes back to the balcony and catches the stone before it falls into the audience below. She tucks it into her garter and jumps off from the balcony, grabbing the stage curtain. The performance stops as the audiences turns to
Lara's direction. The curtain drops and Lara lands safely onto the stage. There is ovation from the crowd as red roses are thrown at Lara's feet. In return, she bows elegantly.
In anger, Pierre fires several shots at Lara from the balcony, all missing their target. Lara flees the building. Larson and Pierre are on their way out too, heading down the stairs.
LARSON: "It ain't over until the fat lady sings!"
Outside in an alley behind the opera house, a man delivering a package knocks on the back door. Moments later, Lara comes bursting through it, knocking the man backwards to the ground. Thinking quickly, she steals his motor scooter and
speeds away. Hot on her tail, Larson and Pierre pass by the back door in a stolen taxi. Soon their vehicle is butting the back of Lara's scooter.
LARSON: "Bucking bronco, baby!"
Spotting another route, Lara takes a sharp turn into another alley. Larson overshoots and ends up having the reverse the car before resuming the pursuit. Meanwhile, Lara discovers that the alley comes to an end. There is a gate blocking
her from driving through, but there is a gap underneath it however. As she draws nearer, Lara leaps off of the scooter and performs a neat roll underneath the gate. As her pursuers draw nearer, Larson becomes aware of the gate.
LARSON: "We ain't gonna make that gap, boss."
PIERRE: "We'll make it."
LARSON: "Ain't gonna."
PIERRE: "We'll make it!"
The gate prevents them from passing as the vehicle rams straight into it, smashing the windshield into pieces. Larson and Pierre are battered and bruised.
LARSON: "What did I tell you?"
PIERRE: "Mon Dieu!"
Lara takes a few steps back, blows them a kiss and strolls off into the night.
Lara approaches the receptacles underneath the gargoyle serpents. Taking the Mercury Stone from her backpack, she places it in its intended position. No sooner has she done this does Lara hear a noise from up on the rooftops behind her.
She whips around, drawing her pistols. There is nothing to behold however.
LARA: "Rodents, I wouldn't wonder. Big rodents."
Upon the rooftop in question, Pierre is heaving Larson up from the edge. Once he is back on both feet, Larson produces his revolver and aims it at Lara below. As the gun goes off, Pierre knocks Larson's arm ajar just in time to spare Lara's life.
PIERRE: "Idiot... Idiot! What does the cowboy hope to achieve with this mindless firing?"
LARSON: "Ain't mindless. Or ain't we trying to kill her anymore then?"
PIERRE: "You were kicked in the head by a horse, oui? So the brain doesn't work correctly?"
LARSON: "How'd you know about that?"
Larson absent-mindedly presses the revolver into Pierre's chest. Pierre quickly brushes it aside.
PIERRE: "Nevermind. Nevermind. We wait until she collects the other pieces. In this fashion we have the full prize at no extra effort."
LARSON: "You is one clever cookie, boss!"
PIERRE: "Comparatively, yes. Come, let's get off this roof and I will buy you a milkshake."
Lara returns to the gargoyle serpents but Pierre is waiting for her. She draws her pistols.
PIERRE: "Come, come, Lara. We're all friends here!"
Pierre clicks his fingers and a revolver is trained against Lara's head. It is Larson.
LARSON: "Begging your pardon, ma'am, but if you'd like to put them peashooters away."
Lara does as she is instructed before being shoved closer to Pierre by Larson.
PIERRE: "Now, the second stone if you please, Miss Croft."
LARA: "Come get it!"
PIERRE: "Hmmm... It's a little late in the evening for these games. Larson, search her if you please."
LARSON: "Well goldarn if I don't get all the best jobs!"
Larson goes around in front of Lara and begins to feel around her person for the Saturn Stone.
LARA: "You want to try the back pockets?"
Of course, Lara has no back pockets. Taken in by her suggestion, Larson reaches around Lara's back when she suddenly raises a leg and knees him in between the legs. Pierre is beside himself.
PIERRE: "Larson! Enough! Enough! My patience is exhausted with this childish nonsense! The stone, Miss Croft!"
Lara takes the Saturn Stone from her backpack.
LARA: "If you put this into that gate, Pierre, you're going to get a lot more than you bargained for, trust me."
Larson snatches the stone from Lara's hand.
LARSON: "I'll put it in then."
LARA: "That would be one of the stupidest moves you've made and that's saying something I think you'll appreciate."
Larson places the Saturn Stone into its receptacle. Nothing happens.
PIERRE: "A nice try as always, Miss Croft."
LARA: "Wait for it."
The ground begins to shudder as Larson starts to lose his footing. Moments later he is zapped by some kind of energy bolt.
LARA: "Don't say I didn't warn you."
Pierre rushes to Larson's side as the panicking cowboy attempts to stop the fire on his jeans from spreading.
PIERRE: "What is it? What have you done?"
LARA: "In your usual flamboyant style, you have set in motion the next gate phase."
PIERRE: "Next gate phase?"
LARA: "If my memory serves me, the gate has realigned itself and if it does not receive two stones in the next few moments... poof! If I was you, I'd grab your Cro-Magnon cowboy over there and run as fast as your little legs can carry you. Au revoir, mon cher."
Lara turns and leaves.
Returning to the gate once more, Lara draws her pistols as she enters the courtyard.
LARA: "Come out, come out wherever you are."
Larson emerges from behind the building, revolver in hand.
LARSON: "Heck, this ambushin' ain't what it used to be."
LARA: "And you thought you might just help yourself to his share of what's behind that gate? Unless of course this is just a social visit."
LARSON: "Well, you know I's always pleased to see a little belle like you, Lara. Be more pleased to see that last stone though if you'll be wantin' to hand it over."
Lara opens fire. Dodging back behind the building, Larson avoids the bullets.
LARSON: "That ain't supposed to happen!"
As Larson gets back to his feet, the gargoyle serpents above the gate begin to move with life.
LARA: "Larson! Behind you!"
LARSON: "I may be a dumb ass but I ain't fallin' for that again!"
LARA: "No, really. Behind you!"
LARSON: "Behind you! Behind you!"
Too late. The serpents slither around Larson. One of them grabs him with a stone jaw and heaves him off of his feet. He lets out a terrified scream as he is thrown across the courtyard, leaving Lara to deal with them alone.
Falling down a slope, Lara manages to grab the edge, preventing herself a nasty plunge into the pit below. Then Pierre appears, directing his magnums at her.
PIERRE: "An unfortunate situation, no?"
LARA: "I've had worse."
PIERRE: "Indeed. Indeed. This is a very deep pit and in this such historic venue, I feel sure there may be valuable artefacts lurking in its depths."
LARA: "I can't tempt you to jump down and take a look?"
PIERRE: "Well, this is my point. I feel you may be better qualified to examine its secrets. Unless you, perish the thought, expired in the fall. Perhaps if you lighten your load a little it may lessen the impact. The stone you carry?"
LARA: "Wondered when you'd get to that. Pull me up and the stone is yours."
PIERRE: "And we all live happily ever after? I think not! Give me your word that once you leave the pit you will not lay a finger on me."
LARA: "You have my word."
Pierre pulls Lara up.
PIERRE: "The stone? Now, now, Miss Croft, you gave me your word. Come now, Lara. Lara, you promised!"
Lara says nothing, only edging closer and closer to him.
Startled, Pierre falls backwards, grabbing the ledge above the pit.
PIERRE: "Could you find it in your heart to help me up? I appear to be slipping!"
LARA: "Pierre, you know nothing would please me more but we have an agreement."
LARA: "Not to lay a finger on you. Remember, silly? Anyway, busy girl, got to go!"
PIERRE: "But I..."
Pierre loses his grip and plunges into the pit below.
LARA: "Don't let me hold you up."
Through her red-tinted sunglasses, Lara admires the Philosopher's Stone, holding it aloft in her right hand.
Back at Croft Manor in the present, Winston places down the Philosopher's Stone on the table.
WINSTON: "And so ended the first of many. I'm sure Miss Croft would be the first to apologise for her not entirely courteous behaviour regarding some of the more delicate religious artefacts, Father Patrick."
DUNSTAN: "No need, my friend. All in a good cause. At least we knew they were in secure hands and fortunately, the church was above sending a bullet-proof envoy to retrieve them."
KANE: "Ah, but she recognised her place in the great scheme. Some things as history has illustrated are best left to their slumber. Ah, I speak in riddles. I talk of the stricken wolf ship."
WINSTON: "Ah, the U-boat episode. Miss Croft would never enlighten me as to the details. For my own protection she would often stress."
As Charles Kane speaks, another flashback begins: April 1945. Past the busy corridors of the U-boat is a storage room containing one particular crate that appears to be glowing with life.
KANE: "Indeed, Winston. And for this you should be grateful. Deep in the bowels of their vessels lay one of the most powerful artefacts in all Christendom. An artefact, which when wielded at the vanguard of an army, would make that army
DUNSTAN: "The Spear of Destiny."
KANE: "But the boat never reached the fatherland with its precious cargo. It disappeared from radar three weeks into the journey."
At a later point in time, the U-boat captain and his crew have taken refuge in the torpedo room. Via a radio, one of the sailors is attempting to contact the outside world. Suddenly, a shadow of pure white light slips slowly into the
room from underneath the torpedo room's only door. Then it pours through the door's round window, prompting the sailors to raise their weapons and open fire.
SAILOR: "Mein Gott!"
Their attack in vain, bullets ricochet off of the walls, some of them hitting themselves. Others bounce off of the torpedos.
The torpedos explode. Outside, the conning tower is violently separated from the rest of the submarine.
KANE: "So, this is the resting place of the fifty two seamen and also something much more sinister."
Years later, Lara and Charles Kane are overlooking the Zapadnaya Litsa port, observing Russian naval ships departing from the base.
KANE: "The Zapadnaya Litsa port, once the pride of the Russian fleet."
Through her bionoculars, Lara sights two black cars entering the base.
KANE: "Ex-KGB the majority of them. Trained killers."
LARA: "Dealt with Mafioso before. Unpleasant memories. Prefer to avoid them whenever possible."
KANE: "Yes, I would prefer this also."
LARA: "Hardly a major search party, is it? There's something you're not telling me."
KANE: "Ah, yes."
LARA: "I'm a big girl now. Hit me with the bad news."
KANE: "It is bad news. The admiral's allegiance has been bought and under his command a nuclear submarine. It's housed in one of the dockyards."
Lara turns and heads down the hill from where they had been standing. Charles Kane too turns but heads in the opposite direction. He gets on a snowmobile and leaves.
Keeping low, Lara rushes into the control room and opens fire on the claw operator. He draws his own pistol in retaliation and fires a returning shot. Lara takes cover behind a desk. Moments later she performs a sideways dive and this
time, her shots hit their target. The operator slumps to the floor.
Lara then operates the claw herself from the control panel and directs it across the storage area. The claws latches onto a bar sealing a large gate. With one tug, the lower portion of the gate is removed.
Lara eavesdrops on a conversarion directly below the platform she is standing on. The speakers are Mafia leader Sergei Mikhailov and Admiral Igor Yarofev.
SERGEI: "Move your men along, Yarofev. I do not pay such exorbitant prices for incompetence."
YAROFEV: "You forget, Mikhailov, I am still Admiral of Russian navy and as such demand respect."
SERGEI: "While you accept my bribes for use of the submarine, you are under my employ and will follow my instructions without complaint."
YAROFEV: "If I deal with the like of you to keep my men in bread, it does not make me one of you."
Sergei laughs and pats Yarofev on the back.
SERGEI: "Relax, my friend. We are two sides of the same coin."
Sergei turns and heads towards the submarine.
YAROFEV: "Mafioso filth. Kruschev! Hurry on with that box. Our new commander demands efficiency."
Kruschev and another workman slide their cargo down and ramp and into the submarine.
YAROFEV: "Enough! Enough! Board and seal hatches."
Lara watches as Yarofev makes his way up to board the submarine. Sergei is waiting for him.
SERGEI: "As you have promoted me to commander, is it not fitting to board before the admiral?"
Sergei descends the ladder.
Lara lands loudly on the submarine and conceals herself as Kruschev makes his way towards her to investigate. Lara circles around him and bangs her fist on a crate. Kruschev takes the bait and looks around the crate. Lara gets behind
him and is about to land a blow to his head when he blocks her attack. Kruschev grabs her but Lara elbows him in the stomach then delivers an uppercut to the jaw, rendering him unconscious.
Lara dashes into the submarine's cargo hold just in time as the doors close behind her.
LARA: "Economy class."
Lara is alone in the cargo hold until the door is unlocked and Admiral Yarofev steps inside followed by two armed naval officers.
YAROFEV: "An unwelcome addition to our little assignment. Leonid, if you will escort this lady into the brig."
One of the naval officers, Leonid, gestures with his pistol that Lara step outside.
LARA: "Your little assignment?"
YAROFEV: "Young lady, who you are and what you know is of little concern to me. If I was captain of my ship, I might listen to you, but unfortunately the situation I find myself in doesn't allow me that privilege so if you will be quiet
and hurry along like a good little girl."
The four of them step into the corridor outside and head to the door of the crew's quarters.
YAROFEV: "Inside please."
Lara steps inside.
LARA: "You're making a grave mistake. You know that?"
Leonid shuts the door behind her.
YAROFEV: "Under no circumstances open this door. You understand?"
The officers salute as Yarofev departs.
From the ventilation duct overlooking the submarine control room, Lara listens in on another conversation between Sergei Mikhailov and Admiral Yarofev. Sergei is currently looking through the periscope.
SERGEI: "Then it is true? We are before the stricken U-boat? Now we find if its cargo is still intact. Prepare your divers."
YAROFEV: "Are we to be told what we search for?"
SERGEI: "Enough to locate it, da. But beyond that I fear it may be too much for your limited intellect to grasp."
YAROFEV: "Perhaps too much for mine, trusted comrade, but perhaps not for the spy we have located on board."
SERGEI: "A spy? I trust you disposed of him."
YAROFEV: "Not him. Her. Yes, we are forced to run with wolves but we do not kill indiscriminately like they."
SERGEI: "Fool! I shall dispose of her when I return. Move the sub into position, quickly, comrade."
Yarofev looks into the second periscope beside him and begins issuing commands.
YAROFEV: "Take her five degrees astern, quarter power. Then bring her to a full stop. Attention all dive crews. Report to your stations immediately."
With a crowbar clutched in one hand, Lara whacks it across the back of the chef's head. He slumps to the floor.
LARA: "Time to turn the tables."
Lara approaches the Extreme Depth Suit and utilises the two parallel bars to help herself into it. Once inside the legs portion of the suit, the top half automatically lowers itself and Lara is completely encased. Stiffly, she steps off
of the platform and makes her way over to the lift. The lift descends, depositing Lara into the water.
Inside the ruins of the old German U-boat, Lara discovers the wooden crate which had concealed the Spear of Destiny. Fortunately, the Spear is still there. Lara takes it, looking it over in awe.
LARA: "Ah! Who could believe it?"
Suddenly, metal fragments and debris begin to fall all around her, damaging Lara's suit.
LARA: "Puncture! Time to leave."
After getting out of the Extreme Depth Suit upon her return to the submarine, Lara is confronted by Sergei and two of his Mafioso henchmen.
SERGEI: "Ah, our on and off visitor. I fear you have an item in your possession that I require."
LARA: "To be used in your continuing quest for world peace, I presume."
SERGEI: "World peace. Not entirely my purpose in pursuing this artefact."
LARA: "This artefact contains untold power. Power of which the likes of you will never harness. If you wish it, you may have it, but you will regret it."
SERGEI: "The world may regret it. Hand it to me and I may spare you."
LARA: "On your head be it."
Sergei turns to his henchmen.
SERGEI: "Take her to the torpedo room and eject her into the ocean."
The henchmen take Lara out of the room.
LARA: "Sergei! Listen to me. You don't know what you're dealing with."
From outside, they can hear the sound of electricity. Inside, Sergei has been lifted off of his feet, screaming in terror. There is an explosion and a blinding flash of light. In the distraction, Lara renders the two henchmen
unconscious. Water has begun to flood into the vessel. The submarine is sinking...
Lara enters a small flooded room to find Admiral Yarofev slumped weakly up against a wall. She kneels down beside him.
YAROFEV: "I knew that old Sergei would be the end of us all. He infects my ship with his greed and now we are all doomed."
LARA: "We have a chance. The escape pod. Come on, I'll help you!"
YAROFEV: "I do this only to help my men. He babbles of the biblical spear and I feed his madness for money to feed our families. And now... to these... corpses left for the fishes."
LARA: "Yarofev, I can help you but you must help me. The ship is about to impact into the ocean bed and then our time is up. We must hurry."
YAROFEV: "The escape pods have no internal air supply. You will find oxygen tanks in my stateroom. I hear my ship dying. The internal seals are splintering."
After installing the oxygen tanks into the escape pod, Lara climbs back down into the room where Yarofev still lies. The admiral brushes her hand away as she attempts to heave him up.
YAROFEV: "Nyet! No time. The hull is breached and we will drown soon. With the oxygen you escape. Now!"
LARA: "Not without you."
YAROFEV: "I am Admiral Yarofev of the Russian Imperial Navy! I have served my great country for many years. But the country I know withers. The bear lies down to sleep for its final time. And I wish also this fate on the ship I have
grown to love."
LARA: "No deal!"
YAROFEV: "Yes, deal! For the outer airlock can only be opened from inside the ship. This is my gift to you, child. I release you for a future beyond this dying vessel."
Lara crouches down to face the admiral directly.
LARA: "And my gift to you?"
YAROFEV: "Tell my story. Tell how the proud men of the Russian navy fought against the enemy from inside and sacrificed their lives so their dear country might once again stand proud."
LARA: "You have my word."
YAROFEV: "I salute you. Quickly! Into the airlock and I will release you."
Lara gets up and begins ascending the ladder.
LARA: "Goodbye, Admiral."
Inside the escape pod, the door closes behind her, leaving Lara to gaze up at the ocean around her.
As Lara makes her journey to the surface in the escape pod, Admiral Yarofev sits slumped up against a wall in the submarine's main control room, breathing heavily. Then a point of light eases itself into the room, making its way
directly towards Yarofev. It draws nearer and within moments, it engulfs him and his beloved vessel.
Meanwhile onboard a ship at sea, Charles Kane is observing Lara's tracking signal on a radar. Satisfied, he grabs a sniper rifle and heads up onto the deck. Lara's escape pod emerges from the ocean as Kane looks through the sniper's
scope. Lara is safe and well.
In the present, Charles Kane concludes his story.
KANE: "Lara saw enough of the power of this artefact to recognise its rightful place was where man could never again misuse it."
DUNSTAN: "And not enough for it to destroy her. Some powers are beyond the wit of man."
Outside, lightning strikes again, this time forcing the manor's power off.
WINSTON: "Oh dear, gentlemen. I do apologise. It seems someone up above has a sense of humour. If you will excuse me a moment I shall fetch candles."
Winston rises up from his seat and leaves the room.
KANE: "It is a night spurred by hell."
DUNSTAN: "And as the horseman drove ever onward across the world, the heavens boiled in their wake. Ah, benefits of a religious education!"
Shortly afterwards, Father Patrick joins Charles Kane at the window.
DUNSTAN: "This night reminds me of the time out at Connussie."
KANE: "Winston's home?"
DUNSTAN: "Indeed, yes! The staff had taken leave due to flooding. Lara, back when she was a slip of a girl, was staying with Winston and his wife. It was her that contacted me as a matter of fact. Some trouble out at one of the islands.
Weird lights, manifestations. That sort of thing. Thought I might be able to help. It was on a hellish night like this when I arrived."
Another flashback sequence begins, this time taking place at Winston's house in Connussie, Ireland. In one of the bedrooms, Lara is sitting on the bed. She is about to remove her shirt when she hears Father Patrick coming into the house.
DUNSTAN: "Evenin' Winston, and how would I be able to help?"
Later, when Winston and Father Patrick have settled down at a table, Lara is listening in on their conversation from her room.
DUNSTAN: "So, people have seen these apparitions out at the island?"
WINSTON: "There's talk of little else in the village, Bram. I'm doing all I can to keep this gossip from Lara."
DUNSTAN: "Aye, yet would be a wise man. It would be unwise for her curiousity to draw her to that place."
WINSTON: "And you have some idea of what it could be?"
DUNSTAN: "To be frank with you, no. But as the devil finds work for idle hands, I've spoken with Father Finnegan and I have a boat chartered for the crossing late on this very evening."
WINSTON: "Good Lord, Bram! You have not chosen the evening for it."
DUNSTAN: "I have my faith to protect me, Winston."
WINSTON: "Be careful. I fear on that island it is what you cannot see that will hurt you, Bram."
DUNSTAN: "Time to get to the bottom of this, old friend."
As Father Patrick rises from the table, Lara dashes out of the window of her room. Shortly afterwards, Winston is waving goodbye to Father Patrick as he leaves aboard the boat that will take him to the island. Unbeknownst to him however,
Lara has stowed away aboard the boat. When it arrives at the island, Father Patrick disembarks and begins ascending the cliffs. Lara is close behind and observes him utilising a switch of some kind. Upon his touch, a section of wall
shifts aside, allowing him entry.
As the bell tolls on a ruined old church tower behind her, Lara steps forward into a clearing. Notably there is a single long-since expired tree. Suddenly, there is a blinding flash of light and upon the tree is the decayed form of one
who is no longer man. A demon, he is hung from a tree branch, swinging back and forth.
DEMON: "Come, child. Come closer for I have gifts for thee."
LARA: "I'll stay where I am."
DEMON: "Fear not this visage. It is but a vessel for my troubled spirit. Come closer for you are safe while I am hung like so much butchered meat."
LARA: "Who are you?"
DEMON: "Who? For it is more like what. Condemned to wander between the kingdoms of man and that of the elementals. But I must be swift in my request for they watch and wait to once more draw me back into the darkness."
DEMON: "My heart, girl. They have hidden my petrified heart in this, the World Tree, down under the gaze of the watchful dragon, Níðhöggr. Find this, my child, and return it to its rightful resting place and you shall be rewarded!"
LARA: "And why on Earth should I trust you?"
DEMON: "Not on Earth, girl. In between. My soul is gone and how it fares nobody knows and nobody cares."
Letting out a final laugh, there is another flash and the demon is gone.
Through the wooden boards barring Lara's entry to the ruined church, Lara takes the catapault from her backpack and looks around for a stone. She picks one up and places it into her catapault. Aiming at a piece of chain attached to a
brick, Lara lets loose the stone and it hits its target. The brick dislodges itself and the chain is fed upwards to the church's bells. They ring momentarily before dropping to the ground, causing debris to fall everywhere. Lara dives
out of the way and when she looks back, the wooden boards are no longer blocking her path.
After retrieving the demon's petrified heart, a nearby door opens. From within, Lara can hear voices. She heads into the chamber to find Father Patrick peering down a seemingly endless shaft, talking to something.
NÍðHÖGGR: "Come closer, false prophet, for it is easier to be brave from a distance."
DUNSTAN: "I am here now and I have a gift for you, you cantankerous old worm."
Father Patrick drops a piece of iron into the pit which seems to anger the demon.
NÍðHÖGGR: "Curse you, priest! If you live till doomsday you shall burn a week longer than the world! I swear!"
Father Patrick turns to Lara.
DUNSTAN: "Iron. Never found a demon yet that doesn't burn at its touch."
LARA: "What was in the hole?"
DUNSTAN: "In the... Nevermind that. What on Earth are you doing here? No, don't bother. We'll get onto that later. Right now we need to get you out to somewhere safe until the morning. That's assuming you'll stay in one place, young
LARA: "Nothing with demons, right?"
DUNSTAN: "Well I can't promise anything in this God-forsaken place. I'll light the way and go on ahead to clear out any unwelcome guests. Now once you're out, head to the chapel over the bridge. I'll meet you there. I'm forgetting me
manners. Don't speak to strange things and if there's anything around, and trust me skills in this area there shouldn't be; iron, girl. Use iron to repel 'em. See you on top. Keep your wits about you."
Father Patrick leaves.
Lara gasps, whipping around to find a hooded and cloaked being gliding towards her. It passes her and heads into the crypt, passing through a locked gate like a ghost. It approaches a pew and turns a handle on it before leaving.
Inside the crypt, Lara removes the handle from the pew and looks inside. She discovers an item then puts it in her backpack.
Lara passes through an upright coffin before slipping and falling down a slide. She is deposited in a small chamber. Father Patrick is there holding a torch but his hair has turned white.
DUNSTAN: "Good Lord, girl. It's me. I've enough on me plate without you making me jump outta my skin and all."
LARA: "Your hair..."
DUNSTAN: "What about me hair?"
LARA: "It's white!"
DUNSTAN: "Hmm. Aye, that'd be right. I was detained by some unpleasant fellas from down below. Gave me quite a fright. That's why I wasn't at the chapel but I can see you've kept yourself busy. Anyways, let's get you outta here and back
Outside, Lara and Father Patrick are walking down a stone pathway.
DUNSTAN: "Right, young lady. I'm going to have a quick look around now for a safe place to put you. Now you stay put or you'll be banging into something that'll make your hair turn white. And we wouldn't be wanting that now, would we?"
LARA: "Father, I found a book in the labyrinth."
DUNSTAN: "You've been sight-seeing as well? Good Lord almighty, girl! I'll be needin' to chain ya to something."
LARA: "It has protective symbols. Maybe you can use them."
DUNSTAN: "Bless you for the thought but I've enough protection from Him above. And for that diagram to be any good you'd have to draw it out and be sittin' in the middle of it. And you know something, I've left all me colouring pens at
home tonight. Now, you'll be doing me a big favour if you were to stay put before you bang into something bigger than you."
LARA: "Stay put. Right!"
Lara continues back down the stone pathway but a demon on horseback has appeared at the other end. Sword pointed in her direction, the demon directs the horse straight towards her. Lara begins to flee and dives to the ground as the
demon attempts to swipe at her with its sword. By the time Lara looks up, the demon is standing over her. It grasps her by the neck and holds her aloft, regarding her silently. Then the demon discards her, throwing Lara back to the
ground before getting back on the horse and galloping away.
As Lara finishes drawing a circle around herself on the stone pathway, the demon and his horse have re-appeared. Once again, he charges at her. The horse passes through the circle but the demon is forced off of it. He attempts to
take a swing at Lara with his sword but Father Patrick appears and prevents the blow, pushing Lara aside. Lara flees, leaving Father Patrick at the demon's mercy. The demon grabs Father Patrick and jabs his face with the hilt of his
sword. Then he puts the priest on his horse before getting on himself. Leaving Lara alone, the demon takes Father Patrick away.
On horseback, the demon bursts out from the doors of a barn surrounded by water, still carrying Father Patrick. The demon gets down from his horse and turns to Father Patrick, holding his head up to face him.
VERDILET: "Who is this that stands before me? The first to visit me in my prison seven hundred years past."
DUNSTAN: "Seven hundred years? All alone in a barn? Huh, those winter nights must have flown by."
VERDILET: "Silence, ignorant heretic, or I behead you!"
Verdilet pulls Father Patrick off of the horse, allowing him to land on the wooden slope. Lara is observing from a safe distance.
LARA: "Leave him be!"
VERDILET: "For the child has spirit but what is that when this island is littered with the bones of holy men? My gift to them for their spirit in obstructing me from claiming my rightful inheritance."
DUNSTAN: "And this inheritance, I would wonder, would be some way to explain why you're walking and breathing when you should be gone long past."
VERDILET: "The inheritance is the gift of eternal life contained within an ancient scroll. Concealed by the dollard abbot and his cohorts. The scroll, which draws forth pale demon blood through my veins. I am no longer man. I am one for
the earth and one for above the gaping abyss of Hades."
DUNSTAN: "So why stay on the island? Came for a holiday and fell in love with the scenery?"
VERDILET: "Hold your yapping tongue for want I clip it! Boils and plagues plaster over this island and its treacherous inhabitants! For it was they and their ox little abbot who plotted to incarcerate me in this dungeon hall for an
eternity. I, Vladimir Kaleta, who worshipped in the first Kremlin, who butchered the Swede and the Lefsky on the banks of the River Neva. Incarcerated within this prison of flowing water!"
LARA: "Running water... you're trapped here by running water?"
DUNSTAN: "Demons cannot pass running water."
VERDILET: "Indeed. The abbot's final trick before I was transformed. And you shall find a way to shore up this stream or your holy man shall be opened up and gutted like livestock!"
Verdilet lifts Father Patrick back onto the horse then rides it back into the barn.
Lara heaves open the small cage and tosses the silver coin inside before hiding. When hag arrives, it enters the cage to retrieve the coin. Before it can exit however, Lara arrives and closes the cage.
On the surface, a group of imps are raising the cage up to the dock. When it is done, they converge on the cage.
Jubilant, Verdilet rides swiftly out from the barn, raising his arms high. He dismounts from the horse and turns to Father Patrick.
VERDILET: "Your child has done her job well and I taste freedom for the first time in an aeon! You will now fear me? For you have served your purpose well, holy man, and for this should I exercise mercy as a god might?"
Verdilet takes Father Patrick from the horse and holds him aloft.
DUNSTAN: "Now, that'd be nice but I'm not holdin' me breath."
VERDILET: "Yes, I shall spare you and secure for you a fate worse than death! For when you pass beyond this world, Heaven shall no longer welcome you for you have released a demon."
DUNSTAN: "My faith will protect me from feckless lesser demons such as yourself."
He pats Verdilet's shoulder but the demon in unamused. He headbutts Father Patrick and tosses him against the barn doors.
VERDILET: "Ah, the child! I shall snuff out her life as a candle!"
Verdilet begins advancing on Lara.
DUNSTAN: "The book from the library... The names... Read out the names."
Lara gets out the bestiary she found in the labyrinth from her backpack and begins reading.
LARA: "Askeroth. Aqueil. Arrancula. Belial. Bucom. Boliath. Help me!"
DUNSTAN: "Keep reading, girl, you're almost there!"
LARA: "Camos. Masteflou."
Verdilet raises his sword to take a swing at Lara but Father Patrick jumps on his back. Verdilet simply tosses him aside again. He then once again attempts to strike Lara.
Suddenly, Verdilet can no longer move. He is frozen in place.
VERDILET: "How is this!? I move to strike and yet cannot!"
Father Patrick joins Lara at her side.
DUNSTAN: "You've done well, girl, and before you ask I'll tell ya. The book you've got, I myself was looking for it, but as I couldn't find it, assumed you had it and lucky ya did!"
LARA: "But how?"
DUNSTAN: "If you name a demon you have power over it and you named him! It's your shout, Lara."
VERDILET: "For this you shall burn for eternity! I shall drown you in a mire of your own entrails before I squeeze-"
LARA: "Be quiet!"
DUNSTAN: "Whatcha reckon we get out of this God-forsaken place and go and get a nice cup of tea with Winston? Almost forgot, would you be wantin' to wave goodbye to our little friend?"
LARA: "Back to where you belong!"
Verdilet disappears and Lara leaves with Father Patrick.
Back on Father Finnegan's boat, Lara and Father Patrick are returning to Winston's home.
DUNSTAN: "And you'll have learned a few valuable lessons from that, I'll be thinkin'."
LARA: "You'd be thinking right, Father."
In the present, Father Patrick finishes telling his story.
DUNSTAN: "Her curiosity was eventually her failing."
KANE: "The path she chose was the path she loved and for this we should celebrate, not grieve. Although I fear for Von Croy. Pursuing his inner demons, driven half to madness in quest for her final resting place. He will not find peace
in himself until this is complete."
At Giza in Egypt, Professor Werner Von Croy stands sombrely at the bottom of one of the pyramids. He then turns and observes his local workforce undertaking their task to uncover Lara's resting place at Khufu's pyramid.
Back at Croft Manor once again, Winston is leading Father Patrick and Charles Kane down a corridor. He stops when they reach a mirror on the wall.
KANE: "Ah! The infamous trophy room, and you will be doing the acrobatics to enter, Winston, yes?"
WINSTON: "Miss Croft did enjoy her little games."
Winston reaches up to a light fixture and turns it to one side. The mirror slides aside and the three of them enter the trophy room. They gather around a particular pedestal that is covered by a sheet of cloth.
WINSTON: "And here it is, gentlemen. The artefact which lead to the animosity between Miss Croft and Von Croy, ending ultimately in this terrible business."
Winston removes the cloth, revealing the Iris. Another flashback sequence ensues: Zip, wearing a headset, is sitting in front of a computers console. He is currently inside the back of his van in the middle of the busy streets of New
York. Across the road is the Von Croy Industries tower block.
ZIP: "Okay, Miss Croft, I'm presuming by the lack of communication that you're in position, facing the Von Croy Industries building, right?"
On the roof the building opposite V.C.I. headquartes, Lara stands ready with a hanglider. For this occasion, she wears a black catsuit.
ZIP: "Right! Now this is what you're good at, yeah? Time to switch roofs!"
LARA: "Switch roofs? Easy to say from the ground floor, wouldn't you agree?"
ZIP: "C'mon now! Stiff upper lip. Top pole and all that. Time to get hip with Zip!"
Lara glances at her TMX Timex grip clip.
She jumps from the roof and glides her way over to the top of the V.C.I. building. However, upon reaching the roof, the wind blows the hanglider out of her grip and she tumbles to the floor, causing a lot of static to come through on
ZIP: "Yow! Jimi Hendrix is back! Lara? You there, Lara? Croft, are you gettin' this?"
Lara has already gotten to her feet again and is scaling her way down the building.
ZIP: "Jeez, now that was a blast! What the hell happened?"
LARA: "Never mind, Yankee, I'm going in."
Lara reaches a circular vent. She produces a pistol and fires two shots. The vent dismantled, Lara swings inside and slides down a ventilation shaft.
After sliding down a ventilation shaft, Lara arrives in a corridor of the Von Croy Industries building. She speaks into her headset.
LARA: "I'm in."
ZIP: "Okay, now let's see what you can do. Follow the vent to the main corridor. You've come in at the thirteenth floor. Unlucky for some."
LARA: "Unlucky for them. Any welcome party?"
ZIP: "That's your job, girl. I ain't no x-ray vision super hero."
LARA: "I'd noticed the last bit."
ZIP: "Ooh, you are so sharp you're gonna cut yourself. Just remember, the less attention the better. You dig?"
LARA: "Thanks, but that thought had crossed my mind."
ZIP: "Just makin' sure you're on the ball, lady."
LARA: "Enough talk. Contact me if you see anything."
ZIP: "Whew! That girl has got one bad attitude."
Lara overlooks a room when a man wearing cybernetic armour enters.
LARA: "You getting this?"
ZIP: "Whoa baby! I'm getting too much of that. Looks like the Hulk on steroids."
LARA: "You want to tell me what it's doing here?"
ZIP: "Couldn't be sure. I hear that V.C.I. is working on some new suit for the military. And that, sure as mom's apple pie, ain't no civilian protection."
LARA: "Can't argue with that."
The man in armour fetches some high-tech weaponry from a cabinet.
LARA: "And the guns?"
ZIP: "Well, my picture ain't all that clear but it looks like low frequency laser weapons. Limited range. You get in the way of one and they'll have to take you out in a plastic sack."
LARA: "I get the picture."
A little later, Lara overlooks the large room containing the Iris.
ZIP: "Whoo! You get a spider dropping there and it's toast."
LARA: "Find me some way to turn this off."
ZIP: "Don't get your knickers in a twist. I'm on the case."
LARA: "What I have to work with."
ZIP: "Don't knock it, lady. I'm your eyes and ears."
LARA: "More of those and less of the lip would be preferable."
Lara emerges from a ventilation duct into a corridor. There is a sleeping security officer up ahead.
ZIP: "Check it out, man! No regard for company security. Sleeping like a baby. Somebody could just glide in and slide that ID card out from under his nose. Somebody slinky, that is."
Lara comes upon another man in cybernetic armour, this time blocking her way forward.
ZIP: "Uh oh! You're going to have to play some fancy moves to get past this quarterback."
LARA: "You got any suggestions? Anything to distract him?"
ZIP: "I got a suggestion right here: Go find a different way out! 'Cuz you don't want to know what happens when you make the Hulk mad."
LARA: "Indispensable information as always."
ZIP: "That face ain't got armour on it, right? Well that's how you're gonna have to do it. You're one hard-boiled lady. Now you'll think of somethin'."
LARA: "What exactly am I hiring you for?"
ZIP: "My extraordinary knowledge of security systems and my unsurpassed skill in crackin' them. Not to mention my ineffably addictive personality."
LARA: "You're right. I won't mention it."
ZIP: "Now this ain't gonna be easy. This door operates on that pass you got 'cept it needs two inserted at the same time."
LARA: "Meaning what exactly?"
ZIP: "Meaning, against your better judgment, try not to go killing that guy 'cuz we need him, yeah?"
With her rifle, Lara gestures that the worker use his own pass card on one of the receptacles. When she and the worker are both in position, they slide their cards through the receptacles at the same time. The door opens. Lara then
gestures that the worker turn about. He obeys. Lara proceeds to knock him over the head with her rifle. He falls to the floor unconscious.
LARA: "Sweet dreams."
If Lara kills the worker, Zip reprimands Lara.
ZIP: "Kech, shoulda known you can't get a leopard to change its spots. You're gonna have to try the not so pleasant way now. Through that vent and while you're going through it, why don't you have a think about what you just done?"
Lara enters a foyer, rifle at the ready.
ZIP: "Okay, you've been a bad girl and before I tell you what your punishment is, I just want to say that there's no point in arguing cuz I ain't gonna listen. Take all your metal items; yes, guns is metal - and put 'em in the tray.
LARA: "So you're telling me to disarm myself in a building crawling with armed guards?"
ZIP: "Now if I was listening which I ain't like I told ya before, I would counteract this argument by alerting the person asking me this to the fact that her guns ain't against ten foot tall walking tanks anyway! But I ain't listening
so I ain't saying nuthin'."
Lara places her rifle in the tray.
LARA: "I'm doing it. But if you mess this up-"
ZIP: "Alright, I'm listening again. And trust me, I ain't going to mess this up, okay?"
LARA: "Do I have a choice?"
Lara arrives at a junction.
ZIP: "I don't like to be the bearer of bad tidings but the stairs are out unless you're bullet-proof. You ain't bullet-roof are ya?"
LARA: "What about the lifts?"
ZIP: "Well the lifts is going down and normally, when trying to escape somewhere, ain't it clever to head in the direction of the exit? Like the roof?"
LARA: "Right. That would be clever. Like making me ditch my guns?"
ZIP: "Ouch! Yeah, maybe you'd better start looking for some weapons. Hey, don't sweat it, girl. The man will save you."
LARA: "Hasn't happened yet."
Lara, inside the lift, is hurtling down the shaft at a frightening speed. She activates the emergency breaks, allowing the lift to drop to the bottom hard, but not enough for it to do any fatal damage to herself. She is flung to the
ZIP: "Lara, are you there? Lara! Lara! You broke? You ain't dead is ya? C'mon, girl, answer me!"
LARA: "Gonna be sore in the morning."
ZIP: "I knew you was too tough for a fall like that."
LARA: "Uh, I'm on the ground floor, aren't I?"
ZIP: "Bing! Ground floor. Depart here for gun-toting refrigerator men and a long walk back upstairs. Sorry girl, you got it but hell, you in once piece ain't ya?"
LARA: "Never felt better."
After Lara enters a room, two security cameras activate.
ZIP: "You're doin' good, girl, but you just hold there a minute. I'm checking for somethin'."
Behind her, Lara spots a heated glow forming on the door.
LARA: "Zip, they're coming through the door with welding torches."
ZIP: "Yeah, yeah, just- Gotcha! Top corners of the room. Motion trackers. Fast movement triggers 'em. So take it easy. Well? What are ya waiting for?"
Inside a ventilation duct, Lara overlooks a corridor with a patrolling security guard.
ZIP: "Now, you wanna get yo self in a position where you can see the keypad, cuz once every three or four cycles, mister mobile refrigerator there is gonna type in the code."
LARA: "You don't say."
ZIP: "You got it baby! I is just full of vital information."
LARA: "You're full of something."
ZIP: "Without me, lady, you'd be just some has-been hanging by your cuticles over a spike pit in some arm pit back water country."
LARA: "Sounds preferable."
A security guard halts before entering a room, activating a button on his intercom.
GUARD: "Permission to enter, Sir! I have important information regarding the intruder."
The door opens and the guard steps into a spacious office. He approaches a desk where two men are waiting. Wheelchair-bound is Professor Werner Von Croy and stood is his father.
VON CROY: "And?"
GUARD: "It, uh, it seems that she's managed to evade my men and remove the Iris, Sir."
VON CROY: "Incompetence! And where is this intruder now? Or have you mislaid her once more?"
GUARD: "Last visual contact in the lobby, Sir!"
VON CROY: "Last visual contact? So you have lost her again. Find her! Find her now!"
All large screen begins to descend from the ceiling.
SENIOR: "All exits are blocked. There is no need for these histrionics. Do we have identification yet?"
GUARD: "Only visual, Sir!"
They observe the large screen, watching Lara run through the lobby.
VON CROY: "No need. I know who the intruder is. Lara Croft."
SENIOR: "Ah, your past once more comes back to haunt you, Werner, foolish boy. No matter, she will not escape. Place the building under full alert."
A helicopter rounds the V.C.I. tower block. Onboard, a solider launches a rocket at the fire escape.
LARA: "Got a feeling this isn't quite as it seems."
ZIP: "And I knew you weren't just a pretty face. Try infrared on the shades, girl."
ZIP: "Keep moving, girl. You got too many escorts tonight."
LARA: "You get used to it. Where's the exit?"
ZIP: "Now, I got you an exit but you got to promise not to-"
Static interferes with their conversation and Lara is unable to make out what he is saying.
ZIP: "Yeah girl! You done good! Now get your bony ass outta there! And hey, you stay in touch, yeah? Maybe we gonna be pen friends."
LARA: "Bony ass? I doubt it but I'll be in touch. Clear the area, Yank. I'm coming out."
Lara kicks open a door on the rooftop of the V.C.I. tower block. She sprints away, heading for the edge where she had earlier left her hang glider. Lara is followed close behind by three armed cyborgs. As she approaches the edge, Lara
performs a somersault, grabbing the handle of the hang glider and flipping herself over the edge, allowing the air to carry her. One of the cyborgs takes a shot at Lara but misses. Lara lands on a rooftop opposite the tower block. She
allows the hang glider to slip from her hands before sprinting away and out of sight.
Back in the present, Winston, Father Patrick and Charles Kane raise their glasses in a toast to Lara.
KANE: "To absent friends."
DUNSTAN: "May God rest her soul."
At Giza in Egypt, Von Croy is standing alone next to a ruined brick wall. His inner musings are interrupted by the voice of a young Egyptian boy who comes running towards him through the harsh sandy winds.
BOY: "Mister Von Croy! Mister Von Croy! Come quickly!"
Von Croy and the boy put their arms around one another and pass back through the sand winds towards the Great Pyramid. Once there, they arrive at an entrance. The boy scoops up a lantern and they pass down through the narrow tunnels
until they reach a couple chambers. Von Croy spots two men digging frantically for something. Excitedly, he rushes towards them.
VON CROY: "What is it, man? What have you found? Pass it to me. Pass it to me!"
One of the men pass to Von Croy a brown leather backpack. Lara's backpack.
VON CROY: "We've found her!"
Music & Sound FX
All in the game Ltd.
Joe Scutt Phillips
Jeremy H. Smith
English Voice Actors
Lara Croft - Jonell Elliott
Werner Von Croy - Kerry Shale
Bram Patrick Dunstan - Harry Towb
Von Croy Sr. - Kerry Shale
French Voice Actors
Lara Croft - Françoise Cadol
Bram Patrick Dunstan - Michel Prud'homme
Yarofev / Winston - Frédéric Cerdal
Zip - Xavier Fagnon
Von Croy - Alain Choquet
Larson - Christian Mulot
Charles Kane - Olivier Hémon
Pierre / Sergei - Gilbert Lévy