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Croft Manor

Task: Explore Lara's Mansion. Find her gear and all rewards.

Some general things:

If you haven't played Bolivia yet, some of the doors are still locked. You should wait till after Bolivia to explore her mansion.

Layout

At the beginning of the level Lara is the mainhall, opposite the fire place.

On the opposite side, on the right, is a door leading to the pool room.

The door on the left of the fire place leads to the Gym.

On the right is Zips Tech Centre.

On the left you will find the stairs.

Upstairs, on the left, you will find two doors.
The first leads to the Library and Study.
The second leads to Lara's Bedroom.


Room - Layout:

Entrance Hall

In the entrance hall you will find Winston standing by the fire place. At the end of the Gold-Reward-Riddle you'll have to turn an Athena statue here. The gold reward itself is also in this room.
On the short set of stairs, left of the main stairs, you will find a Bronze Reward.

Entrance Hall, Upper Floors

Upstairs on the left, near the first door, on the right wall, you will find a bolt you can pull out, using the magnetic grapple. A wall panel will open and reveal another Bronze Reward.
Upstairs on the right is a similar bolt. You have to shoot at this one. Behind the opening wall panel you'll find a Silver Reward.
All the way over on the other side, opposite these bolts, above Zips room, you will find to wallpanels, that will later reveal two tongue-levers you have to pull as part of the 4th clue for the gold reward. You have to pull down the spears above the computer room to create a shortcut to the other side.

Zips Tech Centre

On the right you will find a computer terminal on the floor. Using it will open a safe at the back wall. Inside is the Magnetic Grapple.

Library / Study

When you enter the library you will spot a blue book in a shelf on the right and red book on the left. Up top you will find a green one and a yellow one in the study. These will be of use when it's time for the 3rd clue of the gold reward.
At the entrance on the right is a shootable wall panel. Behind it you will find a movable bookshelf and a Silver Reward. Opposite the entrance door is a desk on with Alister is working. Left and right of it are trigger pads for the Secret Passage.
On the left side, on the desk lies the PLS.
On the right side, up at the wall, at the foot of the stairs is another movable bookshelf, you can get it down by either using the grapple or the pistols on the platform underneath. Place the two bookshelfs on the triggers to open the Secret Passage at the foot of the stairs.
In the secret alcove on the left, by the red book, which will open when you search the In der geheimen Nische, links, beim roten Buch, welche zum 3rd hint of the Gold Reward riddle, is another Silver Reward.

Library, upper level

As mentioned, here you will find two coloured books. A green one by the railing and a yellow one in the study.
Further these is another Bronze Reward, when you enter the study, on the right.
Right of the desk, in the study, is a lever, which will open a wall panel with the next Bronze Reward.
(more to follow soon)

Secret Passage: Library-Bedroom

After placing the two bookshelfs in the Library, the Secret Passage opens. Inside you can find the 1st Hint for the Gold Riddle, after touching the tongue. There is also a Silver Reward and a few meters further another Bronze Reward. At the end of the passage is another tongue which opens the door to the bedroom.

Bedroom

On the right is Laras wardrobe, where you can change the Outfit. Just before that is the exit of the Secret Passage. On the left is the actual bedroom.
Before you come to the bed, there are two levers on the wall on the left. They open a secret wall panel with Lara's Pistols.
Behind the bed you can find a Bronze Reward.

Swimming Pool

will follow soon

Underwater Passage

The Unterwater Passage leads from the Swimming Pool to the Gymnasium. You can open the double doors in the pool by activating the tongue-lever underwater, inside the pool and a second one by the statues on the balcony above the entrance. The two statues have to face inwards to reveal the lever.
Inside the passage is aSilver Reward.

Turnhalle

will follow soon

Lara's Gear

  • Enter the Tech Centre, where Zip is working. On the floor on the right you will find a monitor and keyboard. Use the keyboard to open a safe at the wall on the back. Inside is the Magnetic Grapple.
  • Enter the Bedroom. Immediately on the left you will find two levers in the shape of daggers. Flip them to open a wallniche with the Pistols.
  • Enter the Library and walk towards Alister's desk. At the front on the left you can pick up the PLS.
  • Enter the Swimming Pool Area. On the upper balcony, opposite the entrance, above the dressing rooms you'll find the Binoculars by the statue in the middle. To reach the balcony you first have to pull out the two statues on the right, when entering. Use them and the gap at the side-balcony to reach the balcony above the entrance. Go to the other side. Use the grapple to pull out the spears from the statues there. Jump onto the first spear, use the grapple to swing to the second spear and jump to the balcony. This last part can be found in the Gold Reward Riddle Part 2.



Rewards

There are 16 Bronze, 10 silver and 1 Gold Reward to be found in the mansion.


Bronze Rewards

1st Bronze Reward (Entrance Hall)

The first Bronze Reward can be found right at the start, on the short set of stairs on the left. (This is on the left side of the main staircase.)

2nd Bronze Reward (Upper Floor)

Up the stairs on the left side, near the door to the Library, up on the wall on the right, you can find a round stone you can pull out, using the grapple. A wallpanel will open, revealing the Bronze Reward.

3rd Bronze Reward (Bedroom)

When you enter Lara's Bedroom, run to the left, behind the bed. There you can find the next Bronze Reward.

4th Bronze Reward (Library, upper level, Study)

Enter the Library and run up the stairs to the study. On the floor on the right you can find the next Bronze Reward.

5th Bronze Reward (Library, upper level, Study)

Also in the Library-Study you can find a lever right of the desk. Activate it to open another wallpanel and reveal the next Bronze Reward.

6th Bronze Reward (Library, Secret Passage)

Enter the secret passage in the library. (Look at the 1st Hint for the Gold Riddle to learn how to open it.) You will find the Bronze Reward left of the stone tablet with the next hint, inside a breakable wooden crate.

7th Bronze Reward (Swimming Pool, inside the Pool)

Enter the Swimming Pool Area. Another Bronze Reward can simply be picked up from the ground of the pool.

8th Bronze Reward (Swimming Pool Area)

Enter the Swimming Pool Area and pull out the statue with the fish, on the left side, in the middle. Behind it you'll find the next Bronze Reward.

9th Bronze Reward (Swimming Pool Area)

Enter the Swimming Pool Area. Run to the other side, left of the dressing rooms, by the deckchair you can find the next Bronze Reward.

10th Bronze Reward (Swimming Pool Area, Diving Board)

Enter the Swimming Pool Area. Climb onto the balcony above the entrance. (If you want to know how to get there, check out the 2nd Hint for the Gold Reward Riddle.) On the diving board you will find a Bronze Reward.

11th Bronze Reward (Gym, Water)

The next Bronze Reward can be picked up in the little pool in the Gym.

12th Bronze Reward (Gym, Alcove on the right, by the Entrance)

When you enter the gym through the door, turn to the movable horizontal bar there. You have to move it, by attaching the grapple to the shiny grapple-point and then pull it. It has to face away from the door, at the start it's facing the little pool. Then walk to the nearby static horizontal bar and jump up from underneath. You can also run-jump there from the sloped mat, but this is far more tricky. From the horizontal bar, jump towards the vertical one. From there jump towards the rearranged bar. On this bar, shimmy left, towards the pole. Swing and jump onto the slope. Lara will land on the right part. Jump to reach the gap in the wall. Jump up to the upper gap. There jump backwards, to the pole. Jump further, towards the second pole. Turn to face the alcove. Let go to drop onto the left part of the slope. Jump to reach the alcove and collect the Bronze Reward.

13th Bronze Reward (Gym, left wall, middle)

When you enter the gym through the door, turn to the movable horizontal bar there. You have to move it, by attaching the grapple to the shiny grapple-point and then pull it. It has to face away from the door, at the start it's facing the little pool. Then walk to the nearby static horizontal bar and jump up from underneath. You can also run-jump there from the sloped mat, but this is far more tricky. From the horizontal bar, jump towards the vertical one. From there jump towards the rearranged bar. On this bar, shimmy left, towards the pole. Swing and jump onto the slope. Lara will land on the right part. Jump to reach the gap in the wall. Shimmy around the corner to the right. From here jump onto the vertical pole to the right. Turn your back towards the pole and jump there to reach the pole attached to the wall. Climb up and at the top jump to the gap in the wall on the right. Jump right again to reach the ladder. Climb up. From here you could jump to the right, to reach the 9th Silver Reward. Instead jump to the left to reach the next pole attached to the wall. Jump left to reach the alcove. Collect the Bronze Reward.

14th Bronze Reward (Gym, right wall, at the back)

Run to the pieces of equipment at the back, on the left. You will find a D-shaped-piece which can be moved to either gain a horizontal or a vertical bar. If that's not the case, use the grapple to bring it in vertical position for now. Then walk to the piece of rock in the middle of this parcours. Jump up to it's gap. Jump towards the horizontal bar behind you. From there jump towards the vertical bar. Jump backwards the the vertical bar of the D-shaped-obstacle and from there backwards to the next vertical bar. Jump towards the crevice at the wall. Jump right to reach the alcove with the Bronze Reward.

15th Bronze Reward (Gym, right wall, at the front)

Use the grapple to arrange the rockpiece on the right wall, above the water. It has to be flat against the wall, only the bar at the top sticking out. Then run to the back. Use the grapple to arrange the D-shaped-piece to gain a horizontal bar. Then walk to the piece of rock in the middle of this parcours. Jump up to it's gap. Jump towards the horizontal bar behind you. From there jump towards the vertical bar. Jump backwards to the horizontal bar of the D-shape. From there jump towards the pole at the wall. Jump towards the crevice on the right. Shimmy around the corner to the right. Jump up to reach the higher crevice. Alternatively you could jump to this crevice when coming from the 9th Silver Reward. Shimmy around the corner to the right again. Jump backwards to the next crevice. Jump up to the ladder and climb up. At the top jump right to the next crevice. Shimmy right, when Lara is swinging forwards, jump to reach the bar. Hopefully you have arranged the rockpiece as described above. Swing to the next bar and from there to the gap in the wall. Climb right to reach the alvoce and collect the Bronze Reward.

16th Bronze Reward (Gym, back wall, left)

Pick the same start as for the 14th Bronze Reward to reach the wall crevice at the backwall, by the D-shape. Instead of jumping right to the alcove, now jump to the left, to another crevice. Jump up to reach the higher crevice. Jump up again to land on the slope. Jump to reach the ladder. Climb up and jump left to the horizontal pole. Jump towards the next horizontal pole, then jump to the vertical pole. From here jump towards the crevice at the wall ahead. Jump right, towards the crevice in the corner. Shimmy around to the right. Jump backwards to the pole above the targeted alcove. There climb as close to the wall as possible. Let go to grab the ledge. Pull into the alcove and collect the Bronze Reward.



Silver Rewards

1st Silver Reward (Entrance Hall, upper floors)

From the Entrance Hall, run up the stairs and to the right. On the wall on the left (exactly like on the other side; see 2nd Bronze Reward) you can find a round stone tablet. This one has to be shot at, using the pistols from the bedroom. The opening wallpanel will reveal a Silver Reward.

2nd Silver Reward (Library)

When entering the Library, immediately turn to the right wall. Shoot the wooden boards blocking the path there. Behind it you will not only find a movable bookshelf, but also the next Silver Reward.

3rd Silver Reward (Library, Secret Passage)

Enter the secret passage in the Library. (Look at the 1st Hint for the Gold Riddle to learn how to open it.) The Silver Reward can be found down the stairs.

4th Silver Reward (Library, Wall Panel)

After pushing in the four books in the right order, see 3rd Hint of the Gold Reward Riddle), a wall panel opens. Inside you'll find the next Silver Reward.

5th Silver Reward (Swimming Pool, Balcony above the Dressing Rooms)

Another Silver Reward can be found on the balcony above the Dressing Rooms. First climb onto the balcony above the entrance, using the two movable statues on the right. Then use the grapple to pull out the spears on the left. Jump to the first spear and use the grapple to jump to the second one. Jump to the balcony. The reward is behind the statue on the left side.

6th Silver Reward (Swimming Pool, Balcony on the side)

When you have reached the Balcony above the Dressing Rooms, roll the globe onto the triggerpad in the middle of the balcony. A dangling flowerpod-platform in the middle above the pool will be lowered. Push the movable statue, left from the entrance, towards the water. Climb up. Use the grapple to pull the plaform closer and jump up. Use the grapple to pull towards the balcony with the next Silver Reward.

7th Silver Reward (Swimming Pool, Underwater Passage)

In the Pool you will find two closed gates. Behind it is an underwater passage. It leads from the Swimming Pool to the Gymnasium. You can open the double doors in the pool by activating the tongue-lever underwater, inside the pool and a second one by the statues on the balcony above the entrance. The two statues have to face inwards to reveal the lever.
Inside the passage is aSilver Reward.

8th Silver Reward (Gym, at the Water)

In the Gym you will find a rock in the water, which holds the next Silver Reward. You can reach is with a run-jump.

9th Silver Reward (Gym, Metal Grate at the ceiling, middle)

The first part is identical to the path you have to take, when you want to collect Bronze Reward #13. When you enter the gym through the door, turn to the movable horizontal bar there. You have to move it, by attaching the grapple to the shiny grapple-point and then pull it. It has to face away from the door, at the start it's facing the little pool. Then walk to the nearby static horizontal bar and jump up from underneath. You can also run-jump there from the sloped mat, but this is far more tricky. From the horizontal bar, jump towards the vertical one. From there jump towards the rearranged bar. On this bar, shimmy left, towards the pole. Swing and jump onto the slope. Lara will land on the right part. Jump to reach the gap in the wall. Shimmy around the corner to the right. From here jump onto the vertical pole to the right. Turn your back towards the pole and jump there to reach the pole attached to the wall. Climb up and at the top jump to the gap in the wall on the right. Jump right again to reach the ladder. Climb up.
From the ladder, jump to the right towards the dangling scaffold. It will glide towards the other side of the room. Jump to the next scaffold to pick up the next Silver Reward.

10th Silver Reward (Gym, above the Entrance)

Pick up after collecting the 9th Silver Reward. I addition pull out the rockpiece above the water, using the grapple. From the dangling scaffold, jump towards the crevice at the wall. Or, if you are not picking up after the 9th Silver Reward, follow the description of Bronze Reward #15. Shimmy to the right, around the corner and jump backwards to the next crevice. Jump up to the ladder and climb up. Jump towards the crevice of the movable rockpiece on the right. I hope you pulled it out, as I've told you. Jump backwards to the bar. Swing to the second and then the third bar. Jump onto the next dangling scaffolg. Turn to the alcove above the entrance. Use the grapple to pull your scaffold towards it. Run-jump to the alcove before the scaffold bounces back. Pick up the Silver Reward.



Gold Reward Riddle

To get the Gold Reward in Croft Manor, you have to slove a complicated (but not too difficult) riddle.

1st Hint

You start at the Library. Shoot the wooden boards on the right, when entering. Pull out the bookshelf and place it on the trigger pad left of the desk where Alister is sitting.
Then go towards the beginning of the stairs on the other side of the desk. Look up. On the sidewall at the foot of the stairs you can see a platform with the next bookshelf. Shoot at it, or use the grapple, to pull down the bookshelf. Move it onto the trigger pad right of the desk. Where this last bookshelf came down, a secret passage will open. Step through.

Around the corner, on the right wall you will find a face with a tongue, you can use it like a Lever. On the left a stone tablet appears. Read the inscription:
"Above the Waters, Twin Sisters turn their backs upon the other to leave the Ambages unguarded."
The secret passage leads into the bedroom. Use the lever at the end to open the door.

2nd Hint

The first Hint leads us "above the water". The most obvious choice, the swimming pool, it the right one.

So enter the Swimming Pool Area. On the right side you will find two statues you can pull out of the wall. The one at the back is the lowest. Climb onto it. From there jump towards the horizontal bar and swing to the balcony. Lara will grab the ledge. Shimmy around to the right. At the end jump to the back onto the second statue. From there continue to jump towards the next bar. Swing towards the balcony, pull up and you are above the entrance.

Here you will find two female statues with spears. (These are the twin sisters.) Turn them to face outside. (The left to the left and the right to the right.) Now they have turned "their backs upon the other" and reveal the next part of the riddle.
"Within the Hall of Knowledge, Tomes of Cerulean, Topaz, Viridian and Crimson in turn reveal their Arcanum."
Tom be able to pull the Tongue that was shown behind the stone tablet for a moment, you have to turn the statues the other way around, to face inside.

3rd Hint

The "Hall of Knowledge" is the Library. So make your way there. (In the entrance hall, up the stairs, to the left and through the first door.) The four books sticking out of the shelves can now be pushed in. but it has to be done in the right order. Remember the hint.
  • Cerulean = blue (below on the right)
  • Topaz = Yellow (up in the Study)
  • Viridian = Green (up by the balustrade)
  • Crimson = Red (below on the left)
Push in the books in this order. Right of the red book a hidden wall panel opens.
"Above the Hearth, revealed visage and countenance touched in haste raise up the Steward."

4th Hint

The "Hearth" is found in the Entrance Hall. By "above" it is hinted, that you have to get to the upper floor. So exit the library and run towards Lara's bedroom. At the end a face with a tongue has been revealed. There is a second one on the opposite side.

The riddle mentiones "haste", which means, that it is timed. Use the grapple, to pull down the spears above the tech centre. Then touch the first tongue. Jump onto the bar and swing over to the other side, to quickly touch the second tongue as well.
"The risen Athena turns to face the Sun, whose burden then reveals the Golden Laurel."

Conclusion

In the Entrance Hall, run to the Athena. Turn it so it faces the window. Then step onto the trigger pad on the floor. The Athena will sink into the ground and behind it a pillar with the Gold Reward appears. You can get there, swinging across the spears from the upper floor. After collecting the reward, the pillar will sink into the ground.
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