Exploring the Great Sphinx

January 31, 2020 11:47 am We all remember the Sphinx and several other levels involving the Sphinx in Tomb Raider 4. TR4  is on my list of favourites simply because of my background in Egyptology and how much Egypt is in this game. It was a wonderful romp for our Lara through Egypt’s ancient history and the many archaeological inspirations featured throughout the game. Through … Continue reading Exploring the Great Sphinx

The Macuahuitl From SOTTR

Welcome Tomb Raider fans! In Shadow of the Tomb Raider we see a lot of Trinity guards loyal to the cult of Kukulcan. If you notice the guard in this screenshot from Shadow of the Tomb Raider he is holding an Aztec sword called a Macuahuitl. These are an excellent example of the actual archaeological elements used in this game. Throughout the gameplay we see … Continue reading The Macuahuitl From SOTTR

Aztec History & Stone Sculpture

Exploring the influences through an art object in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the diverse history of the collection of tribes called the “Aztec” In a name … So, now we know the name (Aztec) or Azteca is the name of the people that hailed from Aztlan, and Mexica is the name for the same people who merged with other tribes in 1325 to … Continue reading Aztec History & Stone Sculpture

The Tumi Knife

Naylamp and the Tumi In History Let’s start with what we know about its beginning, that is avery good place to start. Do, re, mi … In all seriousness yes, let’s begin. … Later, the Sican were defeated and absorbed you might say into the Chimu culture where the Chimu adopted the Sican myth of Naylamp and other cultural traditions. During the takeover the Chimu … Continue reading The Tumi Knife

The Artful Influences of SOTTR Pt. 2: The Stela

  As you play through the Paititi area of SOTTR you will notice this stela. As you can see the one pictured in the game bares a strong resemblance to Stela “A” or 18 Rabbit. There are other stela of 18Rabbit, but this one is the closest to the one in the game. Though the name is unusual, it is the name of a famous … Continue reading The Artful Influences of SOTTR Pt. 2: The Stela

The Artful Influences of SOTTR Pt. 1

The Artful influences of Shadow of the Tomb Raider Written by Emma aka Okh Eshivar 11/07/2018 When you play through the game Shadow of the Tomb Raider you will notice many pre-Columbian influences. They are everywhere. Mostly in the same representation in little groups or separately, however, with these items in place in the game, it is easy to understand they did research the style … Continue reading The Artful Influences of SOTTR Pt. 1

Artifacts of SOTTR: The Urpu Jar of the Incas

Out of the many beautiful items created by the Inca the Spaniards were primarily interested in the gold and silver they held. Textiles and ceramics held no interest on their mission to horde as much gold from the Inca world as they could with little or no interest in nonviolent interaction. The Inca made these Urpu jars in a wide range of sizes from small … Continue reading Artifacts of SOTTR: The Urpu Jar of the Incas

Paititi Hub Video Walkthrough!

When me and my fellow Tomb Raider ambassadors were at E3 last June, we had the privilege of seeing the Paititi hub in a presentation. I was so inspired that I wrote an article about the legendary lost city in Peru called “And What About Paititi?” This hub is the largest hub ever and so amazing words can hardly do it justice. Now I can … Continue reading Paititi Hub Video Walkthrough!

The Maya Their Culture Inspired from My Travels and Shadow of the Tomb Raider!

UPDATE:   Updated at: 4/13/2018 12:15pm Because of the latest update from the Tomb Raider site with the audio clip about what Trinity is pursuing, I decided to update this article. I think from what I heard on the clip, that Trinity is after something connected to the Maya creation god or more. tsamnaaj / Itzamna The Supreme Creator aka (God D) of the Maya belief system.    … Continue reading The Maya Their Culture Inspired from My Travels and Shadow of the Tomb Raider!

The Maya & Eclipses!

By now we all know about the forthcoming game, “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” So, we also know that it appears to be centered in Mesoamerica. The symbol of the eclipse connected to the new game had me excited. I have no idea at the moment how an eclipse ties into Lara Croft for this new game, or even if it does at all. But … Continue reading The Maya & Eclipses!

Kickstarter Update! Goodies!

  Hey there Tomb Raiders! I have some Kickstarter news for you all. There are some great perks coming your way when you pledge to this incredible project! How many of you have had the 1996 Tomb Raider theme along with the compelling tracks from Tomb Raider II and III playing through your memories all these years? Or maybe you are taken by nostalgia whenever … Continue reading Kickstarter Update! Goodies!

Lara’s Journal Vault: Jan Mayen

In the spirit of my new section (coming soon, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider) titled: Tomb Raider 20 Tidbit; I decided to resuscitate this piece I wrote in a different style. This is from the earlier days of my fansite where Lara does some reflecting about the actual place here found in the game Tomb Raider Underworld. I hope you enjoy this … Continue reading Lara’s Journal Vault: Jan Mayen