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Lara Raith, also known as Lara Romany, is a vampire of the White Court, and a member of House Raith. She first appears in Blood Rites.

Description[edit | edit source]

The woman is Viagra with legs.Joan Dallas on Lara Raith[2]

Lara Raith is the eldest of the surviving Raith children[3] and is in charge of House Raith.[4]

Lara is the daughter of Lord Raith. She is an older sister to Thomas and Inari Raith. Two further sisters are Elisa and Natalia Raith. They live on the Raith estate. Her cousins are: Madrigal and Madeline Raith.[5] She was briefly married to a man named Romany. She later used the name "Lara Romany" in public.[6]

Harry Dresden describes her as dark-haired, curling and glossy, so dark it almost looked blue in the highlights; creamy-skinned, with dark pink lips a bit large for her narrow face but not detracting. Her eyes are the real "killers", large, oblique, grey with flecks of periwinkle blue, alive, alert, aware of others, intelligent and holding humor, showing smoldering demonic fires and predatory hunger.[4] Lara Raith is described as being incredibly sensual and extremely lethal. Her strong personality and willpower allow her to gain power among the White Court. Lara is very ambitious and seeks to further her position.[7] As the result of picking up a wedding ring, she has a crescent shaped scar.[8]

According to Thomas Raith, she is very resourceful and gifted in removing obstacles on her way.[9] Lara is perhaps the most dangerous of the White Court vampires, a master manipulator, conspirator and seductress. Above all else, her word is always honest;[4] she will go to extreme lengths to preserve her word. Since secretly taking over from her father she has ended all threats to his position of power, removing the leaders of the other two houses.[7]

According to rumor, by Peace Talks, she owns politicians on the whole of the US.[10]

Lara has a different administration style from her father's. She would pick skilled subordinates and allow them freedom to operate. Security at the Raith estate has greatly improved. Harry Dresden suspects that she could make a more powerful and skillful enemy than her father.[4]

Relationship with Harry Dresden[edit | edit source]

Lara Raith
I am glad to see you survived, wizard. You who destroyed my father and secured my own power. You who have now destroyed my enemies. You are the most marvelous weapon I have ever wielded. And I love peace, wizard. I love talking. Laughing. Relaxing. I will kill your folk with peace, wizard. I will strangle them with it. And they will thank me while I do.
Harry Dresden
Not while I’m around.
Raith estate, after the battle in the Deeps[7]

After the events of Blood Rites, Harry Dresden and Lara are currently locked in a stalemate as Dresden knows the White King has become a mere figurehead, and Lara knows Thomas Raith is Dresden's half-brother.[11] Despite the growing hostility between them, there appears to be a great deal of respect as well, in particular from Lara for Dresden's own skills at manipulation and deduction. Besides, Dresden helped her gain more power within the court.[7]

In White Night, Lara offers Dresden a chance to work for her, and he turns her down,[4] twice.[12] She repeats the offer in Turn Coat and when faced with death from the Council, he seems to actually consider it.[13]

To escape the explosion of Deeps, Dresden powers his shield by kissing Lara. After they are out, Lara's lips are burned. She expresses chagrin that he's still protected by love, though he has not been involved with woman for four years.[7]

In Turn Coat, Lara tells Dresden that the way to control someone is by giving them what they want. Lara offers Dresden surcease[Footnote 1] and peace.

I can take away the pains of the mind and the body and the heart. I can give you something no one else can—freedom from you but burdens of responsibility and conscience. Sweet Dresden. I could give you peace. Imagine closing your eyes with no worries, no pain, no fears, no regrets, no appetites, and no guilt. Only quiet darkness and stillness and my flesh against yours. I can give you that. You wear your pain like a suit of armor. But one day it will be too heavy to bear. And you will remember this moment. And you will know who can give you what you need.— Lara[13]

In the series[edit | edit source]

Blood Rites[edit | edit source]

In Blood Rites she performs as an adult movies actress with her marriage name of Lara Romany when Harry Dresden posed as a stunt double on the same film set. Hearing that her brother planned on dethroning their father, she shot Thomas Raith in the shoulder as she set out to kill him and Dresden until the Mavra's minions arrived to eliminate them. She then had no choice but to team-up with the wizard to defend Thomas then Inari Raith who had no clue about her bloodline nor their world after her arm broke. They were later taken to Lord Raith's mansion for recovery as Lara offers Dresden protection and hospitality.

Learning Thomas was taken away by Raith's bodyguards, Harry requested Inari to put Lara on the phone line where she learned his mother was Margaret LeFlay then comment how he and Thomas are so much alike. She rendez-vous with him and Karrin Murphy where they discussed their plan to rescue Thomas and bring down her father. She asked Inari and Bobby to bring someone out, revealing Justine had survived the feeding. Once she heard the confession, Lara enthralled her father, keeping him as a puppet, and becoming the power behind House Raith's throne, controlling of the whole White Court.[14]

White Night[edit | edit source]

Lara Raith by dauntingfire

In White Night, she pushes for a peace effort between the Red Court and White Council for unknown reasons, but thanks to the White Court's nature to be backstabbing schemers and traitors, this is unlikely to be for the benefit of either the Council or the Red Court.[15]

There's a coup in the works by the other White Court houses: House Malvora and House Skavis. Lara does a lot of manipulating in indirect ways to get Dresden's help including getting Thomas to promise not to speak to Dresden.[15] She teams with Harry Dresden to help take down the traitors after Dresden and Carlos Ramirez duel with Madrigal Raith and Vittorio Malvora at a White Court meeting held in the Deeps. There, she also shows the capabilities she has in a fight where she and Thomas single handedly stop cold a group of charging uber-ghouls.[16] After the battle of the Deeps, Dresden suggests that it was Lara who planned the whole thing, the hunt for magic folk with the Skavis and manipulate Lady Cesarina Malvora in order to manipulate the other two houses to make their move against House Raith in a way that she could control. In exchange for silence, Dresden gets Lara to: provide a weregild for the families of those lost practitioners, a promise to never target magic-users again and the release of the captive Wee Folk in Dresden's name.[7]

"Wild Card"[edit | edit source]

In "Wild Card", on the basis of a strings of mysterious murders, Lara Raith is pitted against John Marcone and the police, prompting her to take part in a war against them both. When Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy find out the culprit she is part of a raid against him.[17]

Backup[edit | edit source]

In "Backup", Lara informs Thomas Raith about his new assignment in the Oblivion War and that his failing to take it up would have severe consequences.[3]

"Even Hand"[edit | edit source]

In "Even Hand", she is mentioned ordering Justine to steal some documents from King Corb.[18]

Turn Coat[edit | edit source]

In Turn Coat, Harry Dresden and Anastasia Luccio investigate the White Court's mental tampering of their lawyer Evelyn Derek.[19] While there, the Naagloshii attacks, kills and injures many, including Justine and Luccio and Lara's two sisters: Elisa and Natalia. Shagnasty has Thomas and wants to trade Morgan or he'll torture and kill everyone Dresden and Lara care about.[20] Dresden informs Lara that Madeline Raith is the one who tampered with Derek's mind and behind the Binder's hit on him and also the skinwalker's attack—she is a puppet. They agree to work together to trace the stings back to the source, take down Shagnasty and get back Thomas.[13] Dresden and Lara: the money deposited in Morgan's account came from Lara's dummy corp by Kevin Aramis without Lara's knowledge. If The Council found that, there may be war. They're being played against each other. Dresden tells what he knows about Madeline, probably killed Aramis. And she hired Binder.[21]

Changes[edit | edit source]

In Changes, Thomas Raith suggests enlisting Lara's aid in finding Maggie. Harry Dresden resists letting her in too close. Thomas says she'll want to protect him now that he's highly regarded in the White Court after the Battle of the Deeps.[9] Later, she arranges for the US Navy to airlift Thomas, Molly Carpenter and Mouse out of Chichén Itzá and to safety aboard a naval ship.[22]

Cold Days[edit | edit source]

In Cold Days, Thomas Raith updates Dresden: Lara and Marcone are uneasy allies against the Fomor. The two of them are part of the Brighter Future Society, or Chicago Alliance. Dresden and Marcone are the only two men turning down going to bed with her, which annoys her. Lara has also helped fight back the Fomor in other cities with the help of the Paranet whose members can use computers. She dispatches a ready team when she hears about trouble somewhere—and simultaneously learns about the magical talent in other cities. She is also getting more involved in government, on which she wants more control.[23] Dresden hexes her spying bugs in Thomas's apartment.[24]

"Job Placement"[edit | edit source]

In "Job Placement", Irwin Pounder calls her the White Queen, to which Connie Barrowill replies Raith is not the Queen of the White Court.[25]

Peace Talks[edit | edit source]

In Peace Talks, Lara Raith is owed three favors by the Winter Court after helping Mab with some "visa issues", of which one is to be discharged by Queen Mab, the other two by Harry Dresden.[10] Later, when Thomas Raith is captured by Svartalfheim for attempting to assassinate Etri, Lara is placed in a political conundrum wherein she is unable to extricate Thomas without all-out war with the Accorded nations.[26] She calls in a favor to get Dresden to introduce her to Gregori Cristos and Etri at the Accorded peace summit,[27] using it as an opportunity to convince Etri to transfer Thomas into Baron Marcone's custody for Accords adjudication. This opens up an opportunity for her to call in her third and final favor: Harry Dresden will help her break Thomas free of Marcone's custody.[28]

Dresden managed to convince Lara to go with a stealth mission wherein Thomas would be extracted discreetly and taken to Demonreach, beyond Svartalfheim's ability to recover, forcing them to accept a steep weregild.[29] They execute this plan, with Lara pretending to copulate and subvert Dresden, while in actuality she goes with Dresden deep into the Brighter Future Society castle, incapacitates a guard, and escapes with Thomas in tow.[30] When they arrive at Demonreach, Lara is stunned to see Dresden performing a ritual on Thomas — appearing as if Thomas was disintegrated. Enraged, Lara attempts to kill Dresden, but he entombs her and her guard, Freydis Gard, in earth, forcing Lara to calm down and come to terms with Dresden, albeit quite angrily.[31]

Battle Ground[edit | edit source]

In Battle Ground, Lara Raith comes back from Demonreach with Harry Dresden, Freydis Gard and Karrin Murphy. As Dresden is docking the Water Beetle the group is attacked by a kraken and Dresden is pulled into Lake Michigan, Raith and gard jump in after him against the Kraken; with the help of Molly Carpenter and a group of Bull sharks they manage to kill it with a grenade on its head.[32] Once they all get out of the lake safely Dresden notes that there is some coolness between Molly Carpenter and Lara Raith.[33]

Raith and some members of the White Court are the vanguard of the element led by the White Council meant to draw Ethniu into Chicago.[34]

Raith and the White Court come in with John Marcone and his banner to aid with the fight agains Ethniu. Once Odin uses Gungnir to strike a blow agains the Eye of Balor Raith manages to kick Ethniu in the back of the head and dislodge the Eye. Raith has her shroud tangle in Ethniu's feet and tells Dresden to run with the Eye and bind Ethniu.[35]

After the Battle of the Bean is over Raith demands that Dresden takes Justine to see Thomas on Demonreach as reparation for imprisoning Thomas and having Goodman Grey protect Justine without letting her know. Raith is at the Unseelie Accords executive ministry meeting where she informs everyone of an organization know as the Librarians or the men in black. Raith also points out to Marcone that she last saw him with the Eye of Balor partly forcing him to give his castle to Dresden. Raith meets with Marcone to take the keys to Dresden's new castle and to prevent Dresden and Marcone from fighting. When Raith gives the keys to Dresden, they shook their hands making a solemn promise to help Thomas by finding Justine and the child.[36]

After their agreement, Mab informs Dresden that he and Raith will marry that night as a means of securing an alliance between the Winter Court and the White Court this was the first request that Raith had of Winter. Raith accepts these terms but with the help of Carpenter is able to convince Mab to delay the the wedding one year, with the proviso that Dresden and Raith have frequent public meetings. Carpenter and Raith leave Dresden and Mab to talk and Dresden again notes that there is some coolness between Raith and Molly Carpenter.[36]

Other details[edit | edit source]

**white on driveway-1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Limousine .jpg

In Turn Coat, Lara Raith loans Dresden a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith,[Footnote 2] circa WWII (vintage is Dresden's guess). She tells him to bring it back with a full tank.[37]

Toot-Toot calls her the Lady with the Cold Eyes. He and all the Wee Folk of Chicago feel beholden to Dresden for freeing many of them or their kin from her captivity.[38]

Irwin Pounder calls her the White Queen, to which Connie Barrowill replies that she's not the Queen of the White Court.[39]

Lara Raith is as skillful with the kukri as her brother.[40]

Notes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blood Rites, ch. 12
  2. Blood Rites, ch. 14
  3. 3.0 3.1 Backup
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 White Night, ch. 35
  5. Turn Coat, ch. 25
  6. Blood Rites, ch. 15
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 White Night, ch. 42
  8. Blood Rites, ch. 20
  9. 9.0 9.1 Changes, ch. 24
  10. 10.0 10.1 Peace Talks, ch. 6
  11. Blood Rites, ch. 42
  12. White Night, ch. 37
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Turn Coat, ch. 27
  14. Blood Rites, ch. 41
  15. 15.0 15.1 White Night, ch. 30
  16. White Night, ch. 35-42
  17. "Wild Card"
  18. "Even Hand"
  19. Turn Coat, ch. 24
  20. Turn Coat, ch. 25-26
  21. Turn Coat, ch. 37
  22. Changes, ch. 49
  23. Cold Days, ch. 19
  24. Cold Days, ch. 20
  25. "Job Placement"
  26. Peace Talks, ch. 14
  27. Peace Talks, ch. 20
  28. Peace Talks, ch. 21
  29. Peace Talks, ch. 24
  30. Peace Talks, ch. 25
  31. Peace Talks, ch. 34-35
  32. Battle Ground, ch. 2
  33. Battle Ground, ch. 3
  34. Battle Ground, ch. 6
  35. Battle Ground, ch. 33
  36. 36.0 36.1 Battle Ground, ch. 36
  37. Turn Coat, ch. 28
  38. Turn Coat, ch. 38
  39. "Job Placement"
  40. Battle Ground, ch. 2

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