Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lara Croft—Tomb Raider

One facet of Savage Worlds is that it handles pulp fantastically well; so much so that being able to play as an "Indiana Jones" or a "Han Solo" is a large draw towards the system. I'd personally argue that it handles non-magical high fantasy characters just fine as well, but pulp is the genre that the game is largely constructed around, and it's high time to get a few pulp characters in the listing. First off is Lara from the rebooted games (2013).

Name: Lara Croft
Race: Human
Experience: 60 (Heroic)
Agility d8; Smarts d8; Spirit d6; Strength d6; Vigor d8
Pace 6; Parry 6; Charisma 2; Toughness 6
Hindrances: Curious, Loyal, Pacifist (m)
Edges: Attractive, Luck, Marksman, Dodge, Extraction, Counterattack, Level Headed
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d8, Healing d4, Investigation d6, Knowledge (Asian History) d8, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Repair d6, Shooting d8, Surival d6, Swimming d6, Throwing d4, Tracking d4
Inventory: Bow (2d6, 12/24/48), 9mm Pistol (2d6, AP 1, 12/24/48, Semi-Auto), Quiver, Climbing Axe (Str+d6, Climbing +2, Improvised Weapon), Torch (w/Lighter), Two-Way Radio, Rope (20'), Ascender, Jade Pendant

Lara Croft is a modern adventurer/explorer. Her parents were killed in an archaeological accident (what?) when she was six, leaving her a reasonably large life insurance policy, though she opted to pay her way through college by taking multiple jobs. She is a kind soul; loyal to the end and avoiding violence whenever given the opportunity. She is also insatiably curious, reading books and learning about cultures until it no longer satisfies her, driving her to explore these ruins herself.

As a younger girl, Lara took gymnastics and archery, and has limited experience in first aid due to her time as a barmaid. She is very resourceful and highly intelligent, able to tinker and put together simple devices to aid her if need be. Her time with her surrogate father Ross helped teach her how to fight and hunt, helping her immensely in those first few hours on the island. Lara is also an expert in Asian history and legends, being her major in college.

After graduating, she left upon the Endurance to find the lost kingdom of Yamatai. This prompted her first adventure ever, forcing her to learn how to fight and keep a cool head to survive and save her crewmates. This girl made more Soak rolls in a couple days than some of my players have made over the course of a couple months. Maybe I'm just a nice GM like that.

This adventure—showing her a glimpse of the supernatural and that not all legends are fiction—now drives her to new adventures and more bizarre horizons. Only the future can really tell what's in store for Lara in her next adventure.

There's Lara Croft. No, she doesn't have Two-Fisted (yet) since this is the reboot, but I'll be keeping a close eye on this series and keep her updated to the best of my ability. Leave questions, comments, and reboot hate down below.

1 comment:

  1. I know this is old, but she does a lot of McGuyvering for someone who doesn't have McGuyver.