- "What is this thing? Taban says to keep away from it, but it's so dusty. I'll just..."
- — Lara
Story[edit | edit source]
In 981 A.D., Lara gave birth to Lucca.
In 990 A.D., Lara suffered an accident involving one of Taban's creations, her young daughter watching helplessly. This left her unable to walk and generally confined to their home. This incident convinces Lucca to acquire more technical and scientific knowledge, hoping to prevent more accidents.
As such, Lara has changed over the past ten years into a quiet and withdrawn person, loving yet distant to her family.
In 1000 A.D., her daughter Lucca is camping with Crono and party in a forest near Fiona's Shrine. When the party goes to sleep, Lucca hears a noise, goes to check what it is and encounters a mysterious Gate. Lucca goes through this gate alone without telling the other party members, where it takes her to the harrowing moment in time ten years earlier (990 A.D.) when her mother suffered a horrible accident and lost the use of her legs from one of her husband's machines. Lucca either inputs the shut-down code - L, A, R, A (her name) - to turn the machine off just before the conveyor hurt Lara's legs and changes history, or fails to input the correct code in time, leaving her mother's legs in an unusable state just as they were previously, leaving history unchanged.
In the altered timeline where Lara's legs are saved, Lara is no longer a quiet soul; she seems to enjoy life much more with her limbs restored. On the last day of the Millennial Fair, she wears Taban out by asking him to dance.
Chrono Cross[edit | edit source]
Lara is never mentioned in Chrono Cross, but it can be assumed from Lucca that her full name is Lara Ashtear, since Ashtear is the surname attributed to her daughter, Lucca. It is possibile both she and Taban were killed in the fire that Lynx set in Lucca's Orphanage.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Due to the lack of distinction between "l" and "r" sounds in the Japanese language, many Japanaese players playing Chrono Trigger for the first time didn't know which buttons to press during the flashback sequence where players need to insert L, A, R, A to turn the machine off to save Lara's legs from being hurt. This might have been intended by the developers to make this harrowing sequence even more stressful than it already is, something slightly lost in translation.