Lara Croft, the daughter of British Lord Henshingly Croft, was born and raised into a world of opulence and privilege. It seemed assured that at the age of 21, after completing finishing school in Switzerland, she would be married off to the Earl of Farrington, a wealthy aristocrat. This did not, however, come to pass, as her life took a radical turn for the adventurous after she was involved in a harrowing plane crash and fight for survival in the Himalayans of Tibet.
The years that followed her experience found Lara immersed in a new life of archeological study, exploration and travelling the globe looking for hidden knowledge and ancient civilizations. She became skilled at firearms, acrobatics, rock climbing, swimming and a wide variety of physical activities to aid her in her work. She also became a published author, writing about her travels and adventures.