It is a dark, wet and rain-ridden night at Professor Werner Von Croy's Paris apartment. All is not well however. His jackal walking stick, depicting the god Set, lies broken on the floor. Furniture is spread out over the room and there
is also a pool of blood.
NARRATOR: "There have been seventeen reported murders so far in this latest outbreak of Monstrum killings. It would appear to be the work of a single highly psychotic perpetrator. The name of the latest victim was just released:
Professor Werner Von Croy. A female described as caucasion, brunette and wearing a ponytail was seen leaving the most recent crime scene. Officers are advised to use extreme caution when apprehending the suspect. At present, nothing
appears to link any of the victims involved. There are no known survivors of these attacks so far."
EIDOS INTERACTIVE PRESENTS
A CORE DESIGN PRODUCTION
STARRING LARA CROFT
INTRODUCING KURTIS TRENT
Lara enters Von Croy's apartment. As she steps inside she treads on something, causing glass to shatter. She scoops up a framed photograph. It is of herself and Von Croy. She then crosses over to some drawers, sets the photograph down
and stares intently into a mirror.
FMV 02 - CHASE
2 DAYS EARLIER
Lara and Von Croy are sitting facing each other in the latter's apartment.
VON CROY: "Help me, Lara. I need you to get something for me."
LARA: "Go on."
VON CROY: "I'm tracking five Obscura paintings for a client called Eckhardt but he's a psychopath."
Lara leans forward.
LARA: "Why should I care?"
Von Croy gets to his feet, agitated.
VON CROY: "Because I'm being stalked. People are dying out there!"
Lara too rises to her feet.
LARA: "Handle it, Werner."
VON CROY: "Lara, please. Go and see this woman, Carvier. She can help."
He turns away and fetches a card. He places it in Lara's hand. But Lara swiftly eases Von Croy back into his seat and looms over him.
LARA: "Egypt, Werner. You walked away and left me."
VON CROY: "Get out!"
Von Croy produces a pistol and pushes Lara away. Then there is gunfire. But it does not go in Von Croy's favour. He is shoved to a wall as the pistol flies out of his hand. Then Lara re-emerges and examines Von Croy's fallen body by the
light of the window. He is dead. A pool of blood quickly begins to form and when Lara rises, Von Croy's blood is stained upon her fingers.
As Lara flees from Von Croy's apartment, a squad of police officers and their dogs skid to a halt in a van. The police let the dogs loose. Thinking fast, Lara dashes to the first door she finds and barges it open. Inside, she rushes
up the stairs and into a corridor. The dogs are gaining on her. Unfortunately Lara reaches a dead end and can do nothing as one of the dogs dives at her, sending her crashing through a window and into an alley outside. Lara looks up
to find one of the dogs clutching her backpack in its mouth. Wasting no time, Lara departs, seeking a way out of the area.
The police are still on Lara's tail. A helicopter has her in its sights. Aware of this, Lara barges open the door to the building directly in front of her, dashes inside and closes the door. Moments later, the police are attempting to
Lara reaches the edge of a rooftop. She looks back, considering her options as the police helicopter approaches. Lara spots a drainpipe, takes a run and jump then grabs onto it. But it cannot take her weight. The top of the drain comes
off and Lara is sent plummeting into a rubbish disposal bin. She gets out, checks the card Werner had given her, then carries on.
Lara is outside Margot Carvier's apartment, waiting for an answer from the intercom.
CARVIER: "Who is it?"
LARA: "Mademoiselle Carvier, it's Lara Croft. I need your help."
Carvier unlocks the door.
CARVIER: "Miss Croft. I recognise you from photos and Werner's description. Come in."
LARA: "Thank you."
Lara steps inside.
CARVIER: "An evil night to be out alone, Miss Croft. Our streets are not safe anymore."
LARA: "Mademoiselle Carvier, I have just come from Werner's apartment."
CARVIER: "And how is Werner?"
LARA: "I'm afraid Werner is dead."
LARA: "Yes and I don't have time to waste. I'm being chased all over Paris!"
CARVIER: "You owe me an explanation, I'm waiting."
LARA: "It's all a bit vague. I arrived at his apartment today from London. He was babbling with fear."
CARVIER: "He said he tried to contact you."
LARA: "He did. I never expected that. Not after Egypt."
CARVIER: "Werner has been fearful for his life. He accepted a commission five weeks ago. Since then he's been acting strangely, jumping at shadows. He even left a package with me for safekeeping."
LARA: "Who was the commission from?"
CARVIER: "The client's name was Eckhardt. He wanted Werner to research something called the Obscura Paintings. Werner approached me at my department at the Louvre."
LARA: "Were you able to help him?"
CARVIER: "A little I think. Poor Werner was clearly terrified."
LARA: "Werner didn't scare easily."
CARVIER: "He felt he was being stalked."
LARA: "He could well have been. The Monstrum is running around Paris, according to the press."
CARVIER: "Werner left a package here with me. I was to give it to you if anything happened to him."
LARA: "Do you know what it is?"
CARVIER: "It's his field notebook."
LARA: "If he left his notebook, he was spooked."
CARVIER: "You still haven't explained what happened."
LARA: "There was gunfire. That's all I can recall."
CARVIER: "Gunfire! Werner was shot? Did you kill him?"
LARA: "I can't remember! It's all a blur."
CARVIER: "Miss Croft. I strongly suggest that you talk to the police."
LARA: "Mademoiselle, I was a good friend of Werner's. I didn't kill him. I didn't!"
CARVIER: "If you say so."
LARA: "Do you have the notebook?"
CARVIER: "I do. It's safe for the moment."
LARA: "I really am going to need Werner's notebook."
CARVIER: "Somebody killed Werner. You say you don't remember clearly what happened. Perhaps the police are right in suspecting you."
LARA: "I never killed Werner!"
CARVIER: "I think you'd better leave, Miss Croft."
LARA: "The notebook?"
CARVIER: "I am not sure this is the right thing but I must respect what Werner wanted."
Carvier fetches Werner's notebook from her kitchen and hands it to Lara.
LARA: "The right choice, Mademoiselle."
CARVIER: "And now you better had go. The police will be here any minute."
Carvier leaves the room, closing the door behind her.
Lara approaches a window in Carvier's apartment. She climbs onto and jumps out into the rain outside.
Lara awakens in an abandoned train carriage.
Lara has approached a homeless man near the abandoned train carriage. He stands over a fireplace, trying to warm a piece of meat.
LARA: "Is this your pitch?"
MAN: "All Paris is my pitch. Got any spare change? For a coffee?"
LARA: "Maybe. I need to find a man."
MAN: "Then look no further ma petite."
LARA: "This is a particular man. Bouchard. Louis Bouchard. Know him?"
MAN: "No. Never heard of him."
LARA: "Even for spare change?"
MAN: "Go away! I never heard of him!"
LARA: "So where could I ask? I could use a coffee. How about you?"
MAN: "Try the Café Metro. In the Place d'Arcade. The owner might be able to help you. Knows all kinds of stuff."
LARA: "Sounds like my kind of café."
MAN: "What about the spare change, Madamoiselle?"
LARA: "I didn't say I had any."
MAN: "Welcome to Paris!"
Lara approaches another man, this time above the abandoned train carriage.
MAN: "You looking for anything special, little lady?"
LARA: "So what are you? A city guide?"
MAN: "That's right. I'm a city guide. All tastes and interests catered for."
LARA: "Good. I need directions. I'm trying to find a man called Bouchard. Do you know him?"
MAN: "That's not a healthy kind of question to be asking."
LARA: "Don't tell me Paris is dangerous."
MAN: "Oh, we got all kinds of rough stuff here in Paris, including our own serial killer. Have you heard of the Monstrum, huh? Have you heard of him?"
LARA: "The Monstrum is a 'him'? How do you know that?"
MAN: "I don't know what 'it' is but I 'd watch my rear on the streets if I didn't know my way around."
LARA: "Which you obviously do. So how do I find this Bouchard?"
MAN: "He won't have time for casual callers. Been having staff problems at his club I hear."
LARA: "Bouchard runs a club?"
MAN: "Yeah. Le Serpent Rouge. Flashy joint."
LARA: "Why should losing staff be such a big deal?"
MAN: "Because these staff are dying on the job, messily. No one knows why. Or how."
LARA: "You don't think Bouchard's up to handling it?"
MAN: "Keep your voice down. Bouchard can handle all he needs to. But this is something different. Something creepy. His people didn't die pretty. It's got him really shaken."
LARA: "Is it the Monstrum?"
MAN: "Who knows for sure. I just try to keep my noise clean. You should too."
MAN: "Yeah! Do that. Why don't you try Café Metro?"
LARA: "What's at Café Metro?"
MAN: "Nothing, man. Only the biggest loser in Paris. It's a joke, forget it. Lemme show you some of our local specialties."
LARA: "No thanks."
MAN: "Having to keep low, eh? That's hard, 'specially with the cops being so trigger happy."
LARA: "Should I give Bouchard your regards when I find him?"
MAN: "No, don't do that! But if you're at a loose end, look me up. I'm sure we could find something diverting for you. You know, something special."
LARA: "See you around."
LARA: "Not a lot of passing trade at this hour?"
JANICE: "It's early yet. Move along ma chère. You make the place look crowded."
LARA: "Have you worked in this neighborhood for long?"
JANICE: "What can I do for you, chérie?"
LARA: "I'm looking for someone you might know. Name of Bouchard."
JANICE: "You won't find him here, ma chère. He did run the club across the road, Le Serpent Rouge, but had to move premises. There was a lot of trouble I heard. Things needed to lie quiet for a while."
LARA: "And no one knows where he is?"
JANICE: "What do you want with a dangerous individual like Bouchard?"
LARA: "I'm trying to track down a friend's movements."
JANICE: "Lost is he?"
LARA: "Dead. But he made contact with Bouchard before he... checked out."
JANICE: "Tell you what. There's two guys who used to work at Le Serpent Rouge."
LARA: "So Bouchard didn't lose everybody."
JANICE: "No. These two left before the troubles closed the place down. One's a miserable old devil called Bernard who was the janitor there. He hangs about in the park sometimes."
LARA: "And the other one?"
JANICE: "The other one, Pierre, worked as a barman. Makes bad deals that backfire on him. He runs the café in the Place d'Arcade now. Café Metro. You never know. Might be worth a shot."
LARA: "Better than anything I have so far. Thanks. I didn't catch your name."
JANICE: "Janice. Everyone knows me around here. Look, be careful, chérie. Bouchard's a mean operator. And he's been targeted hard recently."
LARA: "Does anyone know who's causing Bouchard all this grief or why?"
JANICE: "No. Or they're not saying. The Monstrum has got everyone too scared to talk."
LARA: "I'd have thought Bouchard would be geared up for trouble."
JANICE: "He can handle it alright. No one better. But the way his people have been dying; so ugly. And that poor woman..."
LARA: "What woman?"
JANICE: "Someone called Carvier. She worked at the Louvre it said on the radio. I don't want to talk about it."
JANICE: "No. You watch out, ma chère. There's a lot of sickos loose on the streets."
JANICE: "That's okay. Some of us like it that way."
In the streets of Paris, Lara observes a man running towards his motorcycle. He seats himself, revs the engine and speeds away.
Lara approaches Pierre at Café Metro.
PIERRE: "Did you... Everything go okay?"
LARA: "It's quiet in here. Your voice really carries."
PIERRE: "Don't mess me about."
LARA: "You were right about the place being staked out. There were gunmen all over the place. No sign of the Monstrum though."
PIERRE: "You got it! Ha!"
LARA: "Now, a little matter of Bouchard's whereabouts."
PIERRE: "Bouchard. Yes... er..."
LARA: "You aren't going to disappoint me, are you? You don't want to see my dangerous side."
PIERRE: "No. It's just that someone else was asking for him. Just after you left."
LARA: "Asking for Bouchard?"
PIERRE: "Yes. The customer who was sat in the corner, reading his paper. I couldn't tell him anything naturally. But he may have overheard us."
LARA: "You know, you talk real loud. It's hard not to notice it."
PIERRE: "Okay, okay! Take it easy. Are we going to deal?"
LARA: "Only if you behave."
PIERRE: "Alright. Bouchard is lying low. I know someone who can show you where."
LARA: "You can trust them, this person you know?"
PIERRE: "Just about. Name of Francine. She's my ex."
PIERRE: "This is her address and the code for the gate."
LARA: "And she can point me to Bouchard? You sure?"
PIERRE: "Oh, absolutely. She knows a discrete route to the back of the premises."
LARA: "Discrete? Translation - dangerous."
PIERRE: "Nothing in Paris is safe. But this route will get you where you want to go. Please. It's arranged. She's expecting you."
LARA: "I hope this arrangement works out, Pierre. I'd hate for you to become a personal problem that I have to come back and tidy up."
Lara has come to visit Francine on Pierre's advice.
FRANCINE: "Bouchard is in the old church. You need to find the mausoleum in the churchyard. It leads down into the church basement."
LARA: "Is this the best way?"
FRANCINE: "It's the only way past the doorman. Watch out for the ledges. They are dangerous."
LARA: "Where isn't these days?"
FRANCINE: "Welcome to Paris."
Lara visits the herbalist.
HERBALIST: "Do you need any help?"
LARA: "I'm looking for someone. Name of Bouchard."
HERBALIST: "This is just a herbalist's. We stock medicinal potions and herbal extracts."
LARA: "So he isn't a customer of yours?"
HERBALIST: "A customer? No. Would you like to purchase something?"
LARA: "I'm told there's a story about a doorman in this area. Do you know it?"
HERBALIST: "The doorman is Bouchard's bodyguard."
LARA: "Find him and I find Bouchard?"
HERBALIST: "Yes, probably."
LARA: "What would I need?"
HERBALIST: "Money. A password."
LARA: "Who would know the right password?"
HERBALIST: "I'm afraid I can't help you there."
LARA: "Okay. Thanks anyway."
Lara visits Daniel Rennes at his pawnshop.
LARA: "Open for business?"
RENNES: "You managed to get in, didn't you?"
LARA: "Just checking. I didn't want to waste your time or mine."
RENNES: "Discretion is my middle name. Especially with strangers who just walk in off the street."
LARA: "But you can keep your mouth shut?"
RENNES: "Depends what's in it for me. Are you buying or are you selling?"
LARA: "How much for these?"
Lara approaches Bernard in the park.
LARA: "Excuse me."
BERNARD: "You're not from round here."
BERNARD: "Then leave me alone. I'm busy."
LARA: "You should be more polite to strangers. You never know who they are."
BERNARD: "I don't give a dead cuss who you are."
LARA: "Janice said you were a real charmer."
BERNARD: "Janice! What did she speak to you for? Why did she tell you about me?"
LARA: "Watch your attitude, old man!"
BERNARD: "I'll watch nothing. Leave me alone!"
LARA: "I'm going to have to tell your old boss how rude you are to the ladies."
BERNARD: "Not Bouchard!"
LARA: "He may know what happened to a friend of mine."
BERNARD: "Forget it. Bouchard doesn't like time wasters."
LARA: "Neither do I. So where is he?"
BERNARD: "Undercover. But a hundred and sixty euros might jog my memory."
Lara hands Bernard the money.
LARA: "Here. Now, how do I find Bouchard?"
BERNARD: "It's not going to be easy, y'know."
LARA: "Let me be the judge of that."
BERNARD: "Bouchard has had big trouble lately. And he owes me! Big time!"
LARA: "Perhaps I can help you. What does Bouchard owe you?"
BERNARD: "A box. My box! And I want it back. It was hidden at his old club, Le Serpent Rouge. But things got nasty. I had to leave it behind."
LARA: "What if I were to retrieve it for you from this club?"
BERNARD: "I know a password that'd get you past Bouchard's door guard at his new hideout."
LARA: "Okay. So do we have a deal? Your box for the password?"
BERNARD: "Deal. This will get you into the garage next to Le Serpent Rouge. From there a passage leads you into the main building."
LARA: "What am I looking for?"
BERNARD: "A small box. Hidden in a broken lighting rig."
LARA: "Good. Now, we're beginning to feel like old buddies aren't we? Where will you be in an hour?"
BERNARD: "In an hour? Here. But after that, who knows."
LARA: "Make sure you are. I don't like wasting my time, remember?"
Lara returns to Bernard.
BERNARD: "Did you get it?"
LARA: "Here it is."
BERNARD: "No problems?"
LARA: "None that actually crippled me, no. So what's the password?"
BERNARD: "Gimme the box first. It's mine!"
LARA: "No chance, old man. Password first!"
BERNARD: "Okay, okay, it's Pluie Noir. Talk to Bouchard's doorman."
LARA: "And this is guaranteed to get me to Bouchard. With no hitches."
BERNARD: "I didn't say anything about no hitches but it will work."
LARA: "It'd better. Where do I find this doorman?"
BERNARD: "He's at the side of the old church on Rue Dominique. It's run as a gym now."
LARA: "Right, we're done. But if this doesn't work out, Bernard, I know where to find you."
Lara approaches Bouchard's doorman.
LARA: "Hi, I want to see Bouchard."
DOORMAN: "Nothing doing."
LARA: "I have something for you."
DOORMAN: "What you got?"
LARA: "Two little words. Pluie Noir."
DOORMAN: "Why didn't you say so?"
The doorman heaves a barrel out of the way then opens the gate, allowing Lara to enter. She passes through a wooden door as the doorman puts the barrel back in its former position.
Lara confronts Bouchard.
LARA: "What happened to your man in the room out there, Bouchard?"
BOUCHARD: "To Arnaud? You've got something to say about that?"
LARA: "Maybe. It might be linked to what happened to a friend of mine."
BOUCHARD: "I doubt it. Get her out of here."
LARA: "Do you know the name Eckhardt?"
BOUCHARD: "Never heard of him."
LARA: "Okay. You helped a friend of mine a while back. Werner Von Croy."
BOUCHARD: "Names don't mean a lot here. Even real ones. What did he want?"
LARA: "Maps and information on the Louvre."
BOUCHARD: "I remember. Four weeks ago. Wanted to take a coach load of Japanese tourists to see the Mona Lisa."
LARA: "Easy, Bouchard. I lost that friend yesterday. Now I'm wanted for his murder."
BOUCHARD: "There was a newscast about a Monstrum killing earlier. What would you know about that?"
LARA: "Nothing that would interest you."
BOUCHARD: "You'd be surprised how much the Monstrum interests me."
LARA: "My friend? The Louvre?"
BOUCHARD: "Yes, the academic wanted access to recent archaeological diggings inside the Louvre. I gave him a contact. You want the same?"
LARA: "And more. I need nine millimetre protection, backpack, plastic explosive, stun packs. Paris isn't safe these days."
BOUCHARD: "Who for? You obviously can take care of yourself."
LARA: "Do you have what I need?"
BOUCHARD: "I know who does. Daniel Rennes. Works out of the pawnbrokers on the corner of Rue St. Mark and Cours la Seine."
LARA: "What would you suggest?"
BOUCHARD: "A trade. I have to get certain things into his hands. Passports. You could deliver them for me."
BOUCHARD: "Czech passports. Nothing to dirty your hands with. It's a business arrangement."
LARA: "For which he would give me what I need?"
BOUCHARD: "For the right price. The passports will prove you come through me."
LARA: "What happened to your man in the sickroom back there? Was he delivering packages for you too?"
BOUCHARD: "Poor Arnaud. One of my toughest. The only survivor of four attacks so far."
LARA: "Attacks? By who?"
BOUCHARD: "An interesting question. We don't know for sure. Yet."
LARA: "The Paris Monstrum perhaps."
BOUCHARD: "We're looking into that. You should take care."
LARA: "An automatic would help. You sold my friend Von Croy some hardware. I need the same."
BOUCHARD: "That was then. We need all the firepower we can get. Rennes is your man. Is it a deal?"
LARA: "Okay. Deal."
Lara confronts Anton Gris at his gym.
ANTON: "Hey, lady. Keep away from the ring!"
LARA: "Nice watch."
LARA: "Am I talking too fast for you?"
ANTON: "Okay, sister. You're leaving. Now!"
LARA: "What about a wager?"
ANTON: "Yeah? On what?"
LARA: "Those boys in the ring. What are their names?"
ANTON: "Look, lady-"
LARA: "Come on. What are their names?"
ANTON: "Okay, guy with the tattoos is Zak. The one with the headgear is Carl."
LARA: "That's more like it. I bet all the cash in my pocket against your fancy gold watch that I can pick the best fighter."
ANTON: "Do you have two hundred euros, smart mouth?"
ANTON: "Okay, you're on. Hey, you two! Lady here wants to bet on you decking each other. Match up!"
LARA: "And just be glad I don't make you throw in your fancy gold chain too."
ANTON: "Don't push your luck, lady. So, who do you want to lose your money on?"
LARA: "Zak looks like a good mover."
The match begins as the two men approach each other. Zak is the first to attack with a jab to Carl's face. Carl returns a few jabs. Zak delivers further jabs several times until Carl falls on his back.
ANTON: "Here, take it! Now get out!"
Lara returns to Daniel Rennes' pawnshop. As she enters, a strikingly dressed man brushes past her on his way out. She then proceeds to place the passports Bouchard had given her on Rennes' counter.
At the docks, the man with the motorcycle is lighting a cigarette. He seems to be waiting for something. At the opposite side of the docks, Lara is sprinting away from an explosion. She dives from a tube before the flames can touch her,
landing with a nasty bump on one of the docked boats. The man discards his cigarette, rises up and leaves.
Pacing around a room, Pieter Van Eckhardt is addressing members of the Cabal who are all seated around a table, including Joachim Karel, Kristina Boaz and Grant Muller. Unseated, Marten Gunderson stands to one side.
ECKHARDT: "Esteemed Cabal members, the hour of your reward grows ever closer. As you know, we already possess three of the Obscura Paintings. Our contact Professor Von Croy located the fourth one for us here in Paris. When we have this,
we will reassemble in Prague. It is time to awaken the Sleeper. Hopefully we will be more successful this time. We are also closer to the fifth and last Obscura Painting in Prague. We will gather at the Strahov. Gunderson!"
Gunderson approaches Eckhardt.
GUNDERSON: "Master Eckhardt."
Eckhardt places a gloved hand on Gunderson's shoulder.
ECKHARDT: "Dispatch your team for the fourth painting."
Lara enters the tomb and starts reading the inscription on the crypt.
LARA: "Ultra Vigilis Umbram, Ecce Veritas. Through the spirit of the keeper behold the truth."
Gunderson and his men infiltrate the Louvre.
GUNDERSON: "Take the rear door. Stay sharp!"
The guard at the Louvre gets intoxicated by the poisonous gas and dies.
GUNDERSON: "Swing to sector A9. Fan out and keep low. Ok, maintain radio silence! You have your targets. Move out!"
Lara meets Kurtis who steal her painting and escapes with it. Lara starts chasing him but is quickly targetted by Gunderson and his heavily armored henchman.
Lara keeps running behind Kurtis who uses his powers to get rid of Gunderson's men. Kurtis keeps running with Lara following him when she finds him lying unconscientious on the ground. She approaches of him slowly but gets knocked down.
Bouchard awakes Lara.
BOUCHARD: "You ok?"
LARA: "Bouchard! What are you doing here?"
BOUCHARD: "No time now. Quickly!"
LARA: "Was anyone around when you got there?"
BOUCHARD: "No. No one. Come on!"
LARA: "Bouchard, I must get back to Von Croy's apartment. There's something I have to check out there."
BOUCHARD: "Your friend's place. Of course. Where it is?"
LARA: "Rue Valise. The Chantell Building. Do you know it?"
BOUCHARD: "My driver will. Get in."
They enter into his car.
LARA: "What were you doing at the Louvre?"
BOUCHARD: "Trawling police short wave. You were attracting a lot of attention in there. I figured you might need some help."
BOUCHARD: "Wouldn't you prefer somewhere safer than your friend's apartment?"
LARA: "I found some leads in the Louvre that may link to his death. I have to check his apartment."
BOUCHARD: "We're almost there. There's something you should know. The police bands were full of details of another Monstrum killing, in Prague."
LARA: "Prague!! Not a dealer named Vasiley? Mathias Vasiley?"
BOUCHARD: "Yes. You knew him?"
LARA: "He's connected with what I need to find at Von Croy's apartment. I need to go in alone."
BOUCHARD: "Ok. I'll wait here."
LARA: "Appreciate it Bouchard."
Lara leaves the car and Bouchard makes a phone call.
BOUCHARD: "She's inside now. You can send in the cleaner."
FMV 03 – FLASHBACK
Lara enters Von Croy's apartment and as she reaches the mirror she has some flashbacks of Von Croy's last conversation and murder, remembering some elements she was unable to remember before. Lara realizes she isn't responsible of Werner's death. She remembers the man she saw leaving Rennes' Pawn shop earlier is the one who killed Werner.
Lara comes downstairs, picks up the cleaner's ringing cell phone and recognizes Bouchard's voice.
BOUCHARD: "Is she taken care of yet? Hello? Is she dead yet? We have to get back to Prague."
LARA: "No Bouchard. She isn't. But your little friend is. I'll take care of you later."
Finishing up checking the cleaner's pockets she uses his remote control to disarm the remaining bombs, unlocks his car and finds Mathias Vasiley's business card.
LARA: "It's time I visited Prague."
Lara arrives in Prague.
LARA: "Another cold, dark city. Great!"
Lara talks to Luddick.
LARA: "What do you know about that building over there?"
LUDDICK: "Eh... what?"
LARA: "That one. Big thing with snow on it."
LUDDICK: "Beat it. I'm busy."
LARA: "On an important case are we?"
LUDDICK: "Yes. I'm a reporter."
LARA: "So what happened in there?"
LUDDICK: "Another Monstrum killing. You're not from around here."
LARA: "No. I need information, which I'd be willing to pay for."
LUDDICK: "It'll cost you."
LARA: "I gather Vasiley was some kind of an art dealer."
LUDDICK: "More than that. He was involved with the Mafia."
LARA: "Mafia? What makes you think so?"
LUDDICK: "Lady, I know so. I've been investigating Vasiley's activities for some time."
LARA: "Tell me why he was murdered then."
LUDDICK: "Vasiley found something they wanted and got smudged because he tried to hang onto it. They set the Monstrum on him."
LARA: "You say he found something. Do you know what it was? A painting perhaps?"
LUDDICK: "I don't know about that. But he was definitely silenced. The Mafia tidied away all the evidence. Took it to the Strahov."
LARA: "Now you're going to tell me what the Strahov is, aren't you."
LUDDICK: "No. Your credit just ran out."
LARA: "Keep talking till the money runs out."
LUDDICK: "It's not that. This is dangerous stuff I'm telling you. I shouldn't be shooting off my mouth."
LARA: "You're a big boy. You can handle it. Tell me your name."
LUDDICK: "Luddick. My name's Luddick."
LARA: "Ok Luddick, what else?"
LUDDICK: "The Strahov is the Mafia centre of operations in Prague. There's been a lot of activity there recently."
LARA: "You're well informed."
LUDDICK: "I'm a professional! It's my business! I've got dossiers on all of the main players. It'll cost you."
LARA: "Ok, I'm in."
Lara have a look at Luddick's dossiers.
LARA: "You call these dossiers! Yeuch! Do you know who that is?"
LUDDICK: "No. He arrived yesterday."
LARA: "That's Bouchard. He's a Parisian gang boss. I ran into him over a personal matter."
LUDDICK: "Really! Is he Paris Mafia then?"
LARA: "No idea. Who's that?"
LUDDICK: "That's Eckhardt. He's the Mafia top guy from what I can find out but I know less about him than the others. They're all gathered in the Strahov at the moment."
LARA: "All of them?"
LUDDICK: "All six major players. Eckhardt and the other five."
LARA: "Luddick, I have to get in there. Today. How would you manage it?"
LUDDICK: "It's not easy. The place is heavily guarded. Security gates, cameras, ident scanners."
LUDDICK: "But I could get an access code. I have contacts. It'll take me half an hour."
LARA: "Ok, while you're on your errand I'm going to start with Vasiley's."
LUDDICK: "Be careful in there. And don't keep me waiting. It's not healthy to hang about on the streets. Especially in weather like this."
LARA: "Stay warm."
Lara finds Bouchard at the apartment and knocks him out.
Lara interrogates Bouchard.
LARA: "I want some answers Bouchard. Why did you want me dead in Paris?"
BOUCHARD: "You were just a side issue. A loose end that needed tidying up."
LARA: "Who ordered it?"
BOUCHARD: "A madman called Eckhardt. He was putting pressure on all my operations, threatened my family, killing my men. You saw one of them at the church."
LARA: "A psycho huh!"
BOUCHARD: "The worst. Eckhardt is the Monstrum."
LARA: "Is that right! What exactly were you doing for him?"
BOUCHARD: "I had to take delivery of a painting that was in the Louvre and bring it to the Strahov here in Prague."
LARA: "My painting! That wasn't easy to get that out of the Louvre Bouchard."
BOUCHARD: "Seems everyone's a loser."
LARA: "So why Prague?"
BOUCHARD: "Eckhardt is protected by a group based in Prague called the Cabal. They're almost as dangerous a Eckhardt and at least as insane."
LARA: "I was told the Mafia ran Prague."
BOUCHARD: "The Cabal uses the Mafia front to distract attention from their real activities. But they're far more dangerous and powerful."
LARA: "Dangerous enough to use the Mafia as a front?"
BOUCHARD: "Anyone too inquisitive about Cabal business simply disappears."
LARA: "Like my friend Von Croy. What was his involvement in all this?"
BOUCHARD: "He was hired to locate one of the five Obscura paintings that was in the Louvre. But he found out too much. He contacted Vasiley here in Prague and they exchanged information."
LARA: "I found Vasiley's faxes. And four Obscura engravings he sent to Von Croy."
BOUCHARD: "Vasiley originally had five engravings but kept one back."
LARA: "Why are the engravings important?"
BOUCHARD: "Each engraving contains an encoded map of a particular painting's location."
LARA: "So one of those engravings told Von Croy where the Louvre painting was."
BOUCHARD: "Yes but your friend got careless. The faxes were intercepted by the Cabal. And then Eckhardt didn't need Von Croy. He was another loose end, to be tidied up like Vasiley."
LARA: "Killed like Vasiley you mean! Why does Eckhardt do that to the bodies Bouchard. And what does he want the paintings for?"
BOUCHARD: "I don't know the details but it's something to do with reviving the Cubiculum Nephili."
LARA: "The Cubiculum Nephili, the Sleeper, last of the extinct Nephilim race."
BOUCHARD: "You've heard of the Sleeper! Eckhardt is insane. He thinks he can use the Sleeper to breed the extinct Nephilim back into existence."
LARA: "There's no faulting his ambition, is there. So this fifth engraving that Vasiley kept back is the key to the last Obscura painting. I'm going to take a look around.
BOUCHARD: "It'll be well hidden. Vasiley was very cautious."
LARA: "Not cautious enough."
BOUCHARD: "The map in the last engraving shows a location called the Vault of Trophies. The Vault was one of the last Lux Veritatis secret strongholds and Eckhardt's been desperate to get into it."
LARA: "How do you know all this stuff Bouchard?"
BOUCHARD: "Information is survival. I survive."
LARA: "So do you know where the Vault is located?"
BOUCHARD: "Only that's it's beneath the Strahov somewhere."
LARA: "And the painting is definitely there?"
BOUCHARD: "Eckhardt thinks so. It's one of the reasons the Cabal built their stronghold there."
LARA: "I'm going to take a look around."
BOUCHARD: "Are you going to leave me like this?"
LARA: "Yes. Take a break. You've been running round a lot. I'll be back with the fifth engraving."
Lara opens the door and Bouchard falls down on the ground. He's dead.
LARA: "What the hell's going on around here?"
Lara returns to Luddick.
LARA: "Did you get me the Strahov code?"
LUDDICK: "I told you. I'm a professional. But I want the exclusive story, events in Paris and whatever happens here."
LUDDICK: "This pass code will get you into the warehouse area. It's only a low level pass but at least you'll be inside the complex."
LARA: "I can take it from there. Have you tried this code yourself?"
LUDDICK: "Me! No! The place gives me the creeps. Workers have gone missing and all kinds of spooky stuff."
LARA: "What goes on in there?"
LUDDICK: "God knows! I'd give my innards to find out. But it's way too gothic for me. If you uncover anything give me first shot at it eh!"
LARA: "Sure thing."
LUDDICK: "I also got this. It could come in handy. The Strahov is one weird place."
LARA: "A handy machine pistol! Gas punch reloader."
LUDDICK: "No invasion force should be without one."
LARA: "How much?"
LUDDICK: "Have you seen what these can do...?"
LARA: "How much?!"
LUDDICK: "€ 800."
Luddick sells her a Scorpion X machine pistol.
LARA: "Let's talk in the car."
LUDDICK: "The Strahov isn't far."
Lara arrives at the Strahov.
Luddick has been caught by Gunderson and is interrogated in a room.
LUDDICK: "You can't keep me here. My paper will miss me if I don't report in."
GUNDERSON: "Found him skulking around in the loading bay. Must have got a pass code."
ECKHARDT: "Close the door on your way out Gunderson."
LUDDICK: "I have records on you Eckhardt! You can't hurt me!"
ECKHARDT: "If only there was time for us to read them together. But it's too late now, there are things to be done."
Eckhardt kills Luddick using his gloved hand and at the same time a mysterious symbol appears on one of the walls.
Lara arrives in a control room.
LARA: "I wonder what needs that kind of security to keep it in. Wouldn't you know it. My route goes through that Bio Dome. It's a long way round, unless I can shut the power off to that section."
Lara shuts the power down.
LARA: "That's it. Better get moving whilst the grid's down."
The Proto Nephilim is released from the container he was being held and starts to kill some guards.
Lara meets Dr. Grant Muller.
LARA: "Don't breathe and definitely don't move."
DR. MULLER: "You're in big trouble, whoever you are. Intruders don't last long in the Strahov."
LARA: "Just answer my questions! Fine. First question, who are you? Second question, what are you and your buddies up to in here?"
DR. MULLER: "You really don't know what the Cabal is? We are the beginning of a new order of life on Earth."
LARA: "Well, I've never heard of you."
DR. MULLER: "Ignorant mortal! The Cabal! We control everything here in Prague. It means that we are going to be immortal, and you are going to be dead, intruder!"
LARA: "Immortal? That is impressive. How are you going to manage that?"
DR. MULLER: "Meister Eckhardt is about to return the Nephilim race to glory. For our part in that triumph he will grant us immortality."
LARA: "If I had a coconut for every time some lunatic said something like that..."
DR. MULLER: "Your pathetic ignorance blinds you. We already have the last vital element from Turkey here in the Strahov."
LARA: "And that is...?"
DR. MUULLER: "The only true remaining Nephilim. The Cubiculum Nephili, the Sleeper. That's right. The last of the extinct race, here in the Strahov."
LARA: "Surely the Nephilim are just a myth."
DR. MULLER: "You see! Ignorance! With vital essences extracted from this precious specimen Meister Eckhardt can breed the next generation of pure Nephilim. No more abomination to run amok like Boaz's Proto Nephilim. She deserved to pay for her stupidity."
LARA: "Yes, highly inconvenient having abominations running around loose isn't it."
DR. MULLER: "You have no idea what you are mocking!"
Dr. Muller sprays Lara with pesticide and disappears.
Lara watches the Cabal. Eckhardt and Gunderson appear. Gunderson approaches Dr. Muller who is working on a computer.
ECKHARDT: "There's chaos out there! Why has the power has been cut off?"
GUNDERSON: "Is this your doing Muller?"
DR. MULLER: "No. The power's down everywhere."
Gunderson takes his place behind the computer.
ECKHARDT: "Just control things in the Dome then. Do it! Is everything locked down? We don't want anything getting loose."
GUNDERSON: "It's under control Master Eckhardt."
Boaz arrives quickly.
BOAZ: "We have a problem down in the Sanatorium!"
ECKHARDT: "What problem Boaz? Just have the guards deal with your inmates and pets."
BOAZ: "I have a confession Master Eckhardt. I didn't destroy the Proto Nephilim!"
GUNDERSON: "The Proto! You are kidding! Right Boaz? I need to supervise this personally."
ECKHARDT: "That experiment was to be eradicated! I expressly ordered it. It's far too dangerous to keep alive!"
BOAZ: "I couldn't! It's half Nephilim. That makes it impossible to kill without your periapt shard."
ECKHARDT: "You ignored my orders for the last time Boaz! Muller, I need the services of one of your little creations."
BOAZ: "Ahhhh, pleeeease noooo!! It wasn't my fault. I'm loyal."
ECKHARDT: "Your own incompetence has sentenced you Boaz."
BOAZ: "Give me a chance. Not the pod, no, no!"
Eckhardt feeds her to one of Dr. Muller's creations.
ECKHARDT: "I will be obeyed! Now, sort this mess out."
Kurtis traps Lara inside the airlock.
KURTIS: "You really have made a mess of things haven't you."
LARA: "Who for? The stalker who stole my painting! What do you need with the painting?"
KURTIS: "Maybe I'll explain later, Miss Croft, but for now I need to go and turn the power back on."
LARA: "Leaving me here."
KURTIS: "You've caused enough problems over the last two days. Safer for everyone if you stay in one place for a while. You'll be ok in there."
LARA: "And this?"
She shows him the periapt shard.
KURTIS: "My periapt shard! You..."
LARA: "... picked it up in the Louvre, yes. After your stole my painting."
KURTIS: "All this can wait. I know where you'll be. Take a breather from damaging things why dontcha."
Kurtis sees something dragging an injured guard into a duct.
KURTIS: "And I thought this would be one of my easy days."
Kurtis discusses with the man sitting on the cot.
KURTIS: "Hey, take it easy. What's going on down there?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "Dying! We're all dying! Proto's on the loose. Black Angel's gonna kill us."
KURTIS: "Get a grip! What's gonna kill us?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "The Proto! It got free. We got fed to it but it ate the guards when the power shuts down."
KURTIS: "What the hell's the Proto?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "The screamer! The Black Angel."
KURTIS: "Hey, I don't give a damn about your Black Angel. What are you doing down here?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "I didn't sign on for this. Not devils and shadows. I'm just a truck driver."
KURTIS: "What? You drove here?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "Four days on the road, from Turkey. Long way. Long way."
KURTIS: "What did you bring here? What were you carrying?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "Death in five tons of stone. The Sleeper. Drove here, then they grabbed us. She locked us in here with her hungry pet the screamer. The Proto!"
KURTIS: "You were fed to that thing?"
TRUCK DRIVER: "Fed to it, yes. But not me. I'm safe in here."
KURTIS: "Yeah, sure. Keep the door locked, ok."
Kurtis uses his farsee ability to locate the door code.
A scientist is at work when he gets brutally attacked by the Proto Nephilim.
The Proto Nephilim eats another guard then disappears through an opening in the ceiling.
Kurtis uses his farsee ability again to have a look behind closed doors to find a code printed on a mutant's back .
The Proto Nephilim follows Kurtis who closes a door behind him but the Proto finds a way in through the ducts and jumps in the room.
Kurtis kills the Proto using the periapt shard.
Kurtis returns to the airlock where Lara is trapped. She ambushes him and kills another mutant appearing behind Kurtis.
LARA: "Glad you came back to save me stranger."
KURTIS: "Name's Kurtis."
LARA: "Lara. And this is business."
KURTIS: "I owe you one."
LARA: "You owe me a painting."
KURTIS: "Sorry. That went AWOL at the Louvre."
LARA: "What brings you here from Paris?"
KURTIS: "Eckhardt! We have business that only one of us will walk away from. You?"
LARA: "Personal reasons."
KURTIS: "Eckhardt plans to use all five Obscura paintings to revive an ancient evil called the Sleeper and rebreed the Nephilim race. To do that he collects alchemically transmuted elements from his murder victims' bodies."
LARA: "I've seen him at work as the Monstrum, with that glove."
KURTIS: "Eckhardt is the original Black Alchemist and now he's very close to finding the last painting."
LARA: "Does he know where it is?"
KURTIS: "Yes. It's hidden in a Lux Veritatis Vault beneath the Strahov. That painting must be destroyed and to do that I need the shard you picked up at the Louvre."
LARA: "There should be three periapt shards."
KURTIS: "Eckhardt has the last one. If all three shards are united they can destroy him permanently, so he keeps it safe."
LARA: "Tell me about the shards."
KURTIS: "They're ancient weapons of the Lux Veritatis. Two of them were entrusted to my father. Eckhardt murdered him to stop them passing into my hands. He failed."
LARA: "So Eckhardt went after your father. And you want revenge."
LARA: "We should work together."
KURTIS: "You're trusting me?"
LARA: "Here. How can they be used to kill Eckhardt?"
KURTIS: "He must be stabbed with all three shards."
LARA: "We can divide the forces against us if we split up. You need the third shard so you should go after that. I'll find the last painting and destroy it."
KURTIS: "Ok. Eckhardt guards the shard in his old alchemy lab in the lower regions. I can find my way there."
LARA: "The engraving shows the painting hidden in something called the Vault of Trophies. Here. The entrance is underwater. No problem."
They leave the area and the location changes to Karel and Eckhardt talking together.
KAREL: "How did she get the engraving and the map?"
ECKHARDT: "It doesn't matter. We have lost too many men trying to open that damned Vault. Perhaps her special talents will help us get what we need. The male will be coming this way soon. Make the preparations."
KAREL: "There's no danger she can destroy the last painting?"
ECKHARDT: "We won't allow her the opportunity. The fifth Obscura painting is mine already. And then..."
Lara climbs out the water, changes her outfit for a more practical wetsuit and presses a button to raise the water level in the room.
Lara climbs out of the water and remove the wetsuit to put her regular outfit.
Eckhardt appears in front of Lara.
ECKHARDT: "Congratulations Miss Croft. You are positively amazonian. That Vault has defeated us for months."
LARA: "What do you want Eckhardt?"
ECKHARDT: "I am not interested in you or your friend Miss Croft. Give me the painting and you may both leave."
LARA: "What choice do I have."
She throws him the painting and Gunderson tosses Kurtis into the room.
ECKHARDT: "Gunderson, release Boaz."
Kurtis gets on his feets and Lara draws her weapon.
ECKHARDT: "This old colleague of mine was once a human, before she displeased me."
A mutated version of Boaz appears in front of Lara and Kurtis and Eckhardt and his men are about to leave the area.
ECKHARDT: "Not you Muller, you useless piece of dross! You failed me too."
Gunderson pushes him into the room in front of Lara and Kurtis. Boaz attacks him. Kurtis helps Lara to exit the area.
KURTIS: "Come on. I'll give you a boost."
LARA: "Kurtis, quick."
KURTIS: "Here! Take these two!"
He throws her the two shards.
LARA: "These are your specialty Kurtis."
KURTIS: "Don't worry about ugly here. Go on! You're wasting time! I can take care of her."
Kurtis takes down Boaz.
KURTIS: "That wasn't so hard!"
Another mutated version of Boaz appears.
KURTIS: "Oh gimme a break!"
Boaz lies on the ground. Kurtis prepares to leave the area when Boaz quickly attacks him and he uses his chirugai to slice her head off. He then falls on the ground, badly injured.
Eckhardt is standing in front of the Sleeper, trying to revive him by combining the five metal pieces from the Obscura paintings to form the sanglyph. Lara shoots a bullet at him which he deflects with the sanglyph.
ECKHARDT: "Still alive Miss Croft. You are resilient. But over the decades I've killed more mortals like you that I can remember."
LARA: "And stole their body parts like a cheap grave robber."
ECKHARDT: "As I will now take yours."
LARA: "To wake this thing! You are grotesque!"
She shoots at him again.
ECKHARDT: "Only my great arts cause the higher race to flourish again."
LARA: "So I guess it's up to me to stop you then?"
ECKHARDT: "I hunted down and killed the last of the Lux Veritatis. I am immortal!"
Lara shows him the shards.
ECKHARDT: "The shards!"
LARA: "Scary huh! For you."
ECKHARDT: "It is my destiny to breed Hell on Earth. You are nothing to me."
LARA: "D'you know it's going to be a real pleasure to shut you up."
Lara stabs Eckhardt with one of the shards.
Eckhardt has been taken down and Lara prepares to use the final shard to defeat him for good when Karel appears and grab it from Lara's hand.
ECKHARDT: "Go on! Kill her!"
Karel decides to kill Eckhardt instead.
KAREL: "I knew you'd find the third shard."
LARA: "But why? You worked for him."
KAREL: "No, unknowingly he worked for me, but his usefulness was ended."
LARA: "Will you destroy his work?"
KAREL: "Of course not. The great work will be finished. I'm offering you the chance to become part of a new benign new order in the world."
LARA: "You are kidding! Right!"
Karel transforms into his Nephilim form.
KAREL: "We Nephilim have only ever been trying to survive."
LARA: "Too many people have died for me to trust you. Including a good friend, Von Croy."
Karel transforms into Bouchard.
KAREL: "He was an unfortunate victim of history, Lara. Eckhardt was stupid to have killed him."
He transforms into Luddick then into Kurtis.
KAREL: "I have helped you all along, both here and in Paris."
He transforms back into his Nephilim form.
KAREL: "You can trust me Lara Croft."
Lara notices a red symbol on his palm.
FMV 04 – REVELATION
Lara remembers again Von Croy's killing. This time she remembers everything. Eckhardt transforms into Karel before leaving the place and she sees the red symbol on his palm.
Lara watches the red symbol on his palm.
LARA: "You killed Von Croy!"
KAREL: "Stupid mortal! So be it!"
He begins to glow and starts flying.
FMV 05 – END
Lara puts the sanglyph onto the Sleeper's leg then she quickly jumps to safety. Both the Sleeper and Karel disappear in an explosion following a beam of light as Lara runs away.
A little bit later Lara arrives in the arena where Kurtis fought Boaz. She notices Kurtis's shuriken lying in a pool of blood. The weapon activates as she grabs it and leads her into a dark tunnel. Then she enters into darkness...
Player Control System
Camera Systems Programmers
Audio Systems Programming
Nigel James Brown
Lead Game Designer
Concepts & Lead Writer
The London Symphony Orchestra
Abbey Road Studios
Cutscene & FMV Audio
Voice overs and casting
Phil Morris, Allinthegame Ltd.
Voice of Lara Croft
Voice of Kurtis Trent
Voice of Eckhardt
FMV & Cutscene Visuals