Also See: Main Game Documents
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge Documents
The Hidden Past
PORVENIR FIELD REPORT
This is a field report from a Porvenir surveyor.
“Per seismic Imaging results 25th of November, 1983. Massive oil fields beneath the village. I have conducted a physical examination of area and can confirm this to be the case. Recommend full drill operation. Porvenir will be back in the black. Village expendable. Recommend Stage 01 "outbreak" if buyout ineffectual. We cannot allow the--" Strange, the report cuts off mid-sentence.
My sweet Abigaile. It is time you learned the truth about your past, and your responsibility for the future. You are a Guardian, Abigaile, as I was. As my mother was before me, and hers before her and so on and so on. All the way back to the time of Queen Abarrane — the Mother of Multitudes. Centuries ago, she led my people from the dry death of the great drought in Guatemala, to the safety of this valley. On her deathbed, she chose a Guardian from her line, and the responsibilities of Mother were passed on. Eventually that gift was given to me. Now with my death, my sweet Abigaile, I pass on the responsibility of Guardian to you. You already know what to do; you’ve been doing it all your life. You are the Mother of Multitudes now — keep our story well.
EXODUS OF HOPE
This is a Maya mural.
It shows a great journey South, from Mexico to Peru. Thousands of people following their queen, escaping mass draught.
A handwritten note.
“Here lies the missing man from Porvenir, killed in self-defense by Mariana Ortiz. You will not find a body, but this note instead. When I found him out, he attacked me, so I hit him on the head. It was his greed, not me, which made him dead. I’m sorry for his family that will never know his fate. If this note is discovered before I'm dead, you know where to find me."
Another Maya mural.
This place... it's an ancient forge! What were they crafting here?
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Pillar Documents
The Age Makers
Written orders from Unuratu.
My fearless Q’orianka. The quest for the shield must wait. Etzti has been captured and is being held in the old barracks. I’m taking a team to retrieve him, but I need you to open the way. You know your way around that hive better than anyone I know. Lara Croft, the outsider I told you about, has agreed to help as well. I like her, Q’orianka. We can trust her. Be safe.
A book. It's ancient.
This details the ordination ritual Q’orianka mentioned. During the Cleansing, after the cataclysms, the eclipse will appear. Using the Key of Chak Chel, open the Silver Box and absorb the energy of Kukulkan.
AMARU’S DIARY PAGE
A page from Amaru's diary.
So, the legend Is true. The Shield of the Age Maker exists. As much as it pains me to think, this knowledge can never find Unuratu’s ears. If she knew that Sinchi Chiqa’s shield was here, it could give her the courage she needs to rise in Sayri’s place. I know she has already started to draw plans against me. We should be mourning Sayri's death together as family; instead we are both plotting against the other. I wish it were different. I truly do.
PILLARS OF HEAVEN
It looks like this very place. There are many men moving through it. Even more lay dead. And this... it’s the shield, the prize they are all seeking. This is a trial, just as Q’orianka said; the Path of Huracan - the God of wind and storms.
LEGEND OF THE SHIELD
This mural shows Emperor Sinchi Chiqa holding the Shield of the Age Maker overhead.
There’s an eclipse, and here... fire, water... these are the cataclysms. It’s the Cleansing. Emperor Sinchi Chiqa stands at the highest point in the city. Hundreds of people are gathered below him huddled beneath the shield. He’s remaking the world, bringing about the next age.
THE SHIELD’S CRADLE
This is right here, where I'm standing. It shows the Shield of the Age Maker resting in its cradle.
PRAYER FOR THE LOYAL DEAD
A document in Andre Lopez' handwriting.
May the Good Lord, In His infinite mercy, bless the souls of these loyal men and accept them into Paradise Eternal at His side. They served me well, and without their assistance I surely would never have laid eyes upon what the Paititians call the Shield of the Age Maker. It is with the deepest regret, therefore, as well as with a renewed commitment to my Holy Mission, that I have sent these men to their Final Reward. The secret that the Shield revealed to me cannot be trusted with anyone other than myself, and so I left it behind, and, upon returning here with my escort, I humbly performed my duty. In Gods name. Amen.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Nightmare Documents
A hand-drawn diagram.
These are the blueprints for the instrument. The detail in the planning was extraordinary.
This shows the twins, Hun-Ahan and Hun-Cheven, leaving Paititi under cover of darkness. They journeyed, deep into the woods and... disappeared into the earth. The fault. Could this be the Valley of the Monkey Twins?
It shows a procession of people coming to the Valley of the Gods, following sounds, or... song. They’re all carrying their belongings and, what look like votive offerings. They must be worshipers! The Monkey Twins weren’t ridiculed by everyone after fleeing Paititi... they were venerated by some.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Price of Survival Documents
SOURCE OF THE FOOD
>Here is some food to begin distributing to our people. I wish I’d managed to obtain it sooner, before you went hunting, especially since, as your older brother, the responsibility was mine not yours, but you have always been as stubborn as the rest of our family. It comes from Trinity, that secret group of Outsiders I was telling you about. They have promised me more, but first there is something I have to do for them. You can find me at the Old Village, beyond the gate that was put up to protect people from the red fungus.
The writing on the mural is Mayan but it’s an abridged quote from the Book of Revelation: "I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake, and the moon became as blood. For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
And after the quote, an inscription: “He who has proven his worth by walking this Path of the Righteous shall take his rightful place as First among the Sanctified." The entire temple is a test for the leadership of Trinity!
A page removed from a journal.
My dearest Sayri,
I am leaving this for you, here, at the gateway to my greatest fear, in case I do not return.
Trinity have, on more than one occasion, offered me the opportunity to join their number, and for several reasons I have delayed giving them a final answer. But I can delay no longer: They can provide the resources we need to feed Paititi and rescue our city from this terrible famine. So I put my fears aside, willing to risk even my very life for our people. And if I should pay the ultimate price, know that I did so with pride and with no regrets.
Your loving brother, always,
An official Trinity report.
"As anticipated, Amaru has completed the Sixth Seal, in exemplary fashion. In fact, he has earned the highest recorded score in the history of this trial, a testament not only to his considerable skill but to his formidable determination. I judge him to be a more than worthy successor to my position."
Signed "Doctor Dominguez” - it’s not a name, it’s the title given to Trinity’s leader!
"PS: We will at once provide Paititi with the food necessary to relieve the famine, as promised to Amaru in exchange for committing to our Cause.”
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Serpent’s Heart Documents
To Challenge a God
This is some kind of note.
I don't recognize the symbols being used here. It almost looks like it's coded.
This was a coded message.
Hakan tells me it's a secret language used by Amaru and his Cult to pass sensitive information.
THE CHALLENGERS’ TRIAL
It shows many warriors braving a trial of water and fire, and... here... the prize at the end. That must be the Godslayer.
HISTORY OF THE GODSLAYER
It shows a mortal man killing a God with a bow... he's taking his crown and the throne... it's the Godslayer. I must be close.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Grand Caiman Documents
Respect for the Gods
Notes from Trinity's radio operator.
- Day 1, Location 1: No signal.
- Day 1, Location 2: Contact, too much static for clear communication.
- Day 1, Location 3: Contact. Told to wait for extraction, several days, on account of all resources being required at Kan.
- Day 2, Locations 1 and 2: No signal.
- Day 2, Location 3: Intermittent contact, same message as previous.
- All subsequent Days, all Locations: Zero contact. Suspect strong interference from volcanic activity.
Prayer to Zipacna.
From the age of the paper, this must have been left here decades ago.
“O great Zipacna, creator of the mountains, destroyer of the foolhardy, and guardian of the flames beneath the Earth, grant that my son and my daughter should walk on your mantle in safety and prosperity. May your might and your wisdom be with them always."
IN HONOR OF ZIPACNA
The maya god Zipacna, brother of Cabrakan, god of earthquakes. Zipacna is often depicted as a giant caiman, and is known for his destructiveness, arrogance, and volatility.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Path Home Documents
Return to the Heavens
Document written by Andres Lopez.
These are notes the missionary took white he was in Paititi at the resting place of the Silver Box. They describe a network of tunnels underground, leading all the way from Paititi to here. Based on what Lopez found, he made calculations for overland travel, which is why he ended his travels at the Mission of Saint John. He wasn't just digging the catacombs to hide the Box; he was looking for these caverns!
IN HONOR OF XQUIC
Mural of Xquic.
It proclaims that this shrine was built to honor Xquic, Mother of the Hero Twins, Creator of the Silver Box of Ix Chel and the Key of Chak Chel, and Mother of their Protectors the Yaaxil.
"Those who have served Xquic with honor shall be granted the eternal reward of returning to their Mother."
FATE OF THE YAAXIL
Gateway to the Heavens.
The YaaxiI have proven their worthiness. As a final test, they solved the mystery of this shrine to Xquic, opening the gateway. Then they formed a procession and left this plane, returning to the one from which they came.