Documents - Dictaphone

Sessions refer to special collectible Documents found in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Each document is a piece of a recorded Lara Croft's therapy sessions.

There are five total Session Documents in the game.


Therapist: Okay, let's begin. It's Tuesday, the 25th of July, and I am here with Ms. Lara Croft. How are you this afternoon, Ms. Croft?

Lara: Fine. Thank you.

Therapist: Ms. Croft, there's a bit of a joke about the word "fine" in psychiatry, that it often stands for: "Feelings Inside Not Expressed".

Lara: Mmm. I thought jokes were supposed to be funny.

Therapist: It's possible I oversold its value as a joke. However, if we're going to get anything out of our time together, you need to be honest. Now, can you honestly tell me that you feel... "fine?"

Lara: No. Not for a while.

Ana: Lara is almost completely closed off. But it's clear that she's in pain. Trinity will undoubtedly want me to use this against her.

Lara's ThoughtsEdit

These... these are transcripts of private sessions I had following the island. How the hell did Ana get these?


Therapist: Tell me more about the dreams...

Lara: Nightmares. And I don't remember them, just the... feelings that remain.

Therapist: In dreams, the feelings are often more important than the specifics. Tell me about the feelings.

Lara: I'm on the island, and my friends are dying. There's nothing I can do, and it's all my fault.

Therapist: Lara, from what you've told me, your friends survived the island because of you.

Lara: Only a few of them.

Therapist: None of them would have survived if you hadn't been there. It's not your fault.

Lara: None of them would have been there, if it wasn't for me. Of course it's all my fault.

Ana: Hmm, guilt is a common driver in the Croft family. We used it to great effect with her father. Let's see where it takes Lara...

Lara's ThoughtsEdit

Ana has been monitoring me - spying on me - everywhere I went...


Therapist: Have you reached out to the other survivors since your return? Have you been in touch with your friend Sam?

Lara: You know I haven't. Even if her doctors let me... She doesn't want to see me.

Therapist: You were very close to her, before the island.

Lara: ...Don't do this.

Therapist: That must be very difficult to be separated from the people you need the most. When a trauma is shared, the healing process can be accelerated by talking to the people you shared it with.

Lara: Can we not do the whole patronizing sympathy thing? You know it hurts, I've told you it does. But it's what Sam wants. I have to accept that.

Therapist: I can listen to what you have to say. But you have to open up to someone, Lara. You're not alone, no matter how much you think you are.

Ana: Perhaps we're pushing her too hard. I will reach out to her and test the waters. If she is ready to open up to someone... it needs to be me.

Lara's ThoughtsEdit

Ana has been deliberately manipulating me for years, all at Trinity's bidding.


Therapist: So. Lara. I want to talk about your father. I understand you've been asking about his research at the university.

Lara: I just had some questions. There's so much in my head, but I don't have the connections. My father was researching something very similar to what I experienced on the island.

Therapist: I don't think this will help you move on from the trauma. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Lara: It's been helping. It's given me focus.

Therapist: But your father was... how to best put this...

Lara: Unhinged? Insane? Well, that's what people are saying about me now.

Therapist: Precisely my point, Lara. You can't continue to let your emotions get the better of you.

Ana: This is a good sign. Lara is getting angry. And when she's angry, she takes action. We should push her even more... direct her anger in the right way. Trinity believes I'm wasting my time, but if there is anyone who can crack her father's research, it's Lara.

Lara's ThoughtsEdit

She pushed me, hoping I'd show her the way here. and I did.


Therapist: That's the third time you've mentioned Jonah today. You've been spending a great deal of time with him.

Lara: He's one of the few people who understand what I went through.

Therapist: I worry that only spending time with him might not be healthy for you.

Lara: Oh really? Care to explain?

Therapist: He's a reminder of the past. You're going back to the island in your head, over and over again, to the exclusion of everything else.

Lara: Jonah makes me feel like myself, and he doesn't charge an hourly rate.

Ana: Jonah is becoming a problem. He's a calming influence... and she listens to him. He'll pull her away from her research. Before long I'll need him out of the picture.

Lara's ThoughtsEdit

She tried to keep me away from Jonah. Well, at least that's one thing she failed at...


Therapist: Would you say you have control issues, Lara?

Lara: Doesn't everyone? I mean... no one wants to feel out of control, do they?

Therapist: But not everyone has been through what you have.

Lara: I had to take control of the situation... if I didn't then we'd all have died on that island.

Therapist: And did you enjoy taking control?

Lara: You mean killing, don't you? Did I enjoy killing? I did it because I had no choice!

Ana: Lara is avoiding the tough questions. It's hard to tell if she's merely being stubborn, or she's actually frightened of the answers. By the end of this, she may have to face a hard truth about the kind of person she's become.

Lara's ThoughtsEdit

She knows everything about me... she's been planning this since I was a child.