“So you're driving me away again. I thought you liked me when I was dancing. You were watching me so intently...”
—Lara, in a conversation with Perne
During her childhood, Lara was sold into slavery to a traveling troupe of entertainers, who employed her as a dancer. Eventually, Perne saved her, and she happily danced for him. However, Perne later learned that she was still a child, and due to his embarrassment about intently watching a child dance, he dismissed her.
Lara is introduced when she assists Leif in his escape from Manster Castle. In Chapter 12x, she informs Leif that Perne is not a bad man and states that she wants to bring him to their side. She can speak to Perne during the chapter, which results in him joining the Liberation Army and her deciding to dance again.
After the war ends, Lara returns to being a dancer. It is stated that her elegant yet powerful dancing became a symbol of Thracia's reconstruction.
- Chapter 4: Automatically from the start.
Sword - E
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Thief → Thief Fighter|
|Thief Fighter → Dancer|
| + Dance|
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Dancer → Thief Fighter|
| - Dance|
- Perne - 10%
- Perne - 10%
Lara comes as your second thief, and she can certainly open doors and steal light things, but she cannot fight well at all. She is better off without a sword, acting as capture bait before she has a chance to grow.
She can technically promote three times, but most people prefer to get her to a level 20 Thief and promote her to a Dancer by talking to Perne. Although, if you have a Knight Crest and time to spare, training her as a Thief, then as a Thief Fighter before making her a Dancer will give a lot of room and chances to build stats like HP, magic, defense, constitution or movement. Remember to have her talk with Perne in Chapter 12x in order to turn her into a Dancer, since this is the only time she can promote into one.
By then, Lara will become your most unique unit thanks to the ability to refresh units, a movement star to make things even more fun, and even as a dancer she can help stealing things and using Lockpicks. She makes the start of chapters much faster and easier when you need to use staves and/or disable long ranged magic or dangerous staff users.
She works particularly well with Perne, as the duo can move very fast, unlock multiple doors and chests in a row, and potentially steal up to six items from the enemy in a single turn. The two share a mutual support too, and both benefit from the use of the Elite Sword.
As far as Crusader Scrolls go, Lara does not really need any support from them to work as a dancer. Hezul, Dain, and Heim are her best bets for improving her abysmal durability, with Neir as another potential option. Dain in particular is useful for her, as it boosts her Movement, a stat that is particularly useful to dancers, as well. On the other hand, she faces massive competition for the Dain scroll,as it is unquestionably the strongest in the game. The Sety scroll can be used to give her a 100% Speed growth if her speed is found wanting after the five point penalty she suffers upon reclassing into dancer, but it should be used sparingly otherwise, because it hurts her already abysmal HP.
“Yes...Until a year ago, I was a dancer in a band of traveling entertainers. I hated it there, but because I was sold there for money when I was little, I couldn't escape. But then Perne saved me from them.”
“...When I'm born...next time... I...”
—Lara's death quote in Thracia 776.
“I'm sorry, I'll escape first. Don't push yourself.”
—Lara's escape quote in Thracia 776.
Ced: Brighton, I want you to rescue the people trapped in the dungeon level. I will go search for the children with Asvel.
Brighton: Yes. We will go to your aid once we release the people here.
Ced: Very well, then we shall meet again. Good luck!
Machyua: Lara, you're our only hope. Will you be all right?
Lara: Yeah, leave the lockpicking to me. But make sure you protect me, all right?
Brighton: If someone attacks you, just take his weapons. You can do that much.
Lara: Well, that's easier said than done. I can't carry heavy weapons like you can.
Machyua: Don't worry, Lara. Brighton and I will protect you. Let's go!
- (If Lara is included in the attack team)
Lara: Excuse me...
Leif: Lara? What's wrong?
Lara: Perne isn't a bad man.
Leif: Do you know him?
Lara: Yes... Until a year ago, I was a dancer in a band of traveling entertainers. I hated it there, but since I was sold there for money when I was little, I couldn't escape... But then Perne saved me from them.
Leif: I see... So that's why you became a thief.
Lara: Lord Leif, please let me speak with him. I need to talk to him!
Talk with PerneEdit
- (Chapter 12x)
Perne: Hm? Oh, Lara... What are you doing here? Ah, I get it... You missed me so much, you just had to come back, right?
Lara: ...What if I said yes?
Perne: Whoa, whoa, what's with the serious look? I was joking. I don't need a kid like you hovering around me. Go back to Manster.
Lara: So you're driving me away again. I thought you liked me when I was dancing. You were watching me so intently...
Perne: Yeah, I didn't know you were still a kid back then. Yup, you're right, I liked your dancing. It's, you know...energizing. It cheers you up. But you hated dancing, right? That's why you quit.
Lara: ...No... I actually like to dance. So... If you liked it, I can dance for you again.
Perne: What are you saying...
Lara: No, not just for you... If I can cheer everyone up with my dancing, then that would be nice...
Perne: Everyone? Who's everyone?
Lara: Prince Leif's Liberation Army. I'm helping them. I'm not much use, though...
Perne: Hmm... Ah, I get it... All right Lara, go back to being a dancer. Then I'll join the Liberation Army as well.
Lara: Really, Perne? Do you really mean it?
Perne: Yeah, I can't be a thief forever. The liberation of Northern Thracia, huh... Sounds interesting.
Lara - The Cheerful Thief (可憐なる盗賊 Karen'naru tōzoku)
- Lara returned to being a dancer and performed in various cities of Thracia. Her elegant yet powerful performances gave people courage, and became a symbol of Thracia's reconstruction.
Lara is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards: