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 Calendar Stone

Here is the actual calendar stone which is Aztec in this case. This is the sunstone, and the Aztec drew their inspiration from the original Maya calendar. The Aztec empire thrived for 176 years and had a broad compass of dominance. Why does the Aztec and Maya Calendars work the same way? Good question. The Aztecs based their calendar on the Maya calendar. They are … Continue reading The Calendar Stone

The Grand Caiman Walk-through / Review

It has been 7 months since the release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and we have just enjoyed another DLC for this game. I like these little windows into the base story. You can see how Lara goes adventuring into areas you have already been to in the main campaign. In this lovely chapter, Trinity is active once again and Lara must replace an … Continue reading The Grand Caiman Walk-through / Review

Tomb Raider Perks!

Hey, hey Tomb Raider fans! I have something lovely to share that makes me very happy. CD (Crystal Dynamics) sends us official admin a swag bag each year, and I am always grateful and thrilled with the contents. This year is no different, however, there is something outstanding that makes this one even more special. Last year was a Tomb Raider stellar year because of … Continue reading Tomb Raider Perks!

The Price of Survival DLC Walk-Through / Impressions

Hello Tomb Raider fans! Before I get started about the detail and walk-through of the latest DLC from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I want to warn you. if you have not played it yet, you are about to enter a spoiler rich zone. So, for your consideration I put this warning here. The Price of Survival DLC I played this DLC and took my … Continue reading The Price of Survival DLC Walk-Through / Impressions

February is Lara’s B-Day Month!

Please note that if you cannot see all of Lara in the above photo click on it for a full size image. In the interest of February being Lara Croft’s birthday month, I created a special Lara Croft Birthday art piece. I have been so excited for February 1st so I could release this post. I shall be using the art piece for my header … Continue reading February is Lara’s B-Day Month!

The Nightmare DLC

Before you go any farther you must know there are spoilers here. If you have not played “The Nightmare” DLC yet you have been warned. If you have been playing the latest DLCs of Shadow of the Tomb Raider you know and have probably already beaten the current addition “The Nightmare”. I usually beat the DLCs on their release unless I am busy. This one … Continue reading The Nightmare DLC

Okh Eshivar’s Yearly Wrap Up!

Hello Tomb Raider fans! This is my last site update for 2018! I will be back with a ton more updates in the New Year 2019! Time certainly flies when you are having fun. Literally having a blast. Oh, and if I have left anything out, I do apologize. The Tomb Raider franchise has a great deal to celebrate over this jam-packed year, and I … Continue reading Okh Eshivar’s Yearly Wrap Up!

Bird Whistles & Chimu

  Special Note: roll over each number by the text and text of a picture including a link will pop up. I have always been fascinated with bird sounds. I can remember going on trips with my parents when very young and smiling when I heard them signing in the background in any of our family adventures. This of course extended into my adult life, … Continue reading Bird Whistles & Chimu

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

The Artifacts of SOTTR: Patolli and Llama Canopa

Hi there Tomb Raider fans. I will bounce in the future between Maya and Inca as well as other South American and Mesoamerican cultures on my article updates because of the cultural influences and locations of the game. That aside let’s explore some artefacts from Shadow of the Tomb Raider. One being Peruvian and the other being Mesoamerican. If you have played the recent release … Continue reading The Artifacts of SOTTR: Patolli and Llama Canopa

SOTTR’s Maya Pilgramage to South America

Interesting game plot. Apparently according to a few documents I have dug up the Maya of Shadow of the Tomb Raider migrated and founded Paititi due to the silver box of Ix Chel being threatened to fall into the hands of their enemies. They embark on a pilgrimage to a new land south of where they lived. Hence South America. This is for insight into … Continue reading SOTTR’s Maya Pilgramage to South America

SOTTR’s Ix Chel and Chak Chel

  Codex Note: There are four codices. They all but one are so named for the cities they reside. The Dresden Codex, Paris Codex and Madrid Codex. The other one is of disputed authenticity and its name is the Grolier Codex found in a highland cave in the Chiapas area of Mexico. All of these codexes minus the Grolier where used in reference to the … Continue reading SOTTR’s Ix Chel and Chak Chel

My Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Review Spoilers! Pt. 1

Beware, there are spoilers in these parts. Please do not read this if you do not want to know anything. You have been warned so from this point you read at your own risk. Thank you.  (A special note on why I post warnings) It is out of pure respect and consideration to other people that have not even started to play the game that … Continue reading My Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Review Spoilers! Pt. 1

My Life Like Lara: Going Solo To High Mountain Camp, Camp Muir!

  A while ago I posted an article “My Life Like Lara” it included some pictures of Mt Rainier’s Camp Muir and the summit. This time I recently did an adventure by myself to Camp Muir. I feel this is far more as Lara would do than before, because, this time, I was solo, and she more than likely would be, too. I did this to prove … Continue reading My Life Like Lara: Going Solo To High Mountain Camp, Camp Muir!