Lara Derbyshire is a character from the Surgeon stories. She is a member of a group of students who are part of a resistance group that is involved in fighting the Great Intelligence, and with them Lara makes a return in The Mammal Wars.
She is a nineteen year old British student and is also the same age as her sub leader Amelia Bedingfield. Like Felicity Barbrige and a few other female characters particularly outside the Surgeon stories Lara has a more heavier build in contrast to the traditionally slim figure possessed by various other female characters in literature.
However, unlike Felicity who has dirty blonde hair Lara's hair seems to be more immaculate as her hair is completely brown and her eyes are brown to match her hair. Her clothing consists of of black leggings, a grey top and black Chelsea boots that were a lot different to the boots that Ghazal and Amelia wear:
Like many of the students, Lara is trained to be very highly disciplined but she is not quite as firm as her suspected friend Kierra Hastings who stamps her feet in a very firm fashion. However, this is the only thing that is known about Lara's personality other than the fact she has been trained to carry out her orders with a huge sense of precision which is also what many of the girls show.
The Surgeon stories:
Lara first appears in the Kirk of the Canongate chapel alongside not only a sub group of students headed up by her leader's right hand girl but also other women and men who are taking shelter in the chapel from the Great Intelligence. She is later called to attention to be introduced to the girl's guests who are the Eleventh Surgeon and his companion Ghazal Rashidi.
The girl groups however cease to exist when Abigail and Amelia have the groups merge and once Lara is dismissed, she begins to settle down and "release" herself from the disciplined personality she possesses. However, Lara returns with the rest of the students ready to fight the Great Intelligence alongside the resistance as well as several captive Yetis that have been impregnated with the Human Factor.
During the final battle, Lara is ultimately abandoned to the Great Intelligence once the Surgeon recovers Ghazal.
Lara returns in The Mammal Wars where she is no longer a student and instead acts as a criminal. The name of her original group is also changed to "Britain's Angels" all of whom have the ambition to integrate into the Vixen criminal organization or rather its British branch and become Vixens themselves, like the Romanian sisterhood in the East.
She first appears with the rest of her gang at the Buckinghamshire New University in the events hall, a building that has been abandoned a month prior to the events of The Mammal Wars and like the rest of the Angels, listens attentively to what her leader is telling them; unlike Felicity Barbrige however who is distracted by the sound of whooping and two shadowy figures, Lara remains focused.
That is, until the whoops start to get more louder and frequent at which point, the Angels become slowly scared and think that the source of the whooping is coming for them. In High Wycombe, the Angels as well as the whole of Buckinghamshire ignore the warning to stay at home and instead come out in the open to see "Superfox" as their children call him.
But it's also here where the Angels and most of Buckinghamshire see more of the whooping animal; they see that it has a sloping spine which makes it out to be some kind of hyena, but that's it. The only other thing that the animal receives is a name, courtesy of Felicity Barbrige who names it "Jomnune".
The Angels are forced to watch another animal appear: The Shadow Cat as Clementine Galbraith calls it but what Felicity Barbrige calls Vlaasarak who actually goes to fight Jomnune alongside Seslinian. Once the fight goes to Sheephouse Wood, Abigail declares that the Angels will expand even with the threat of The Mammal Wars.
Along with the rest of the Angels, Lara is forced undercover by a combination of Jomnune and the British government who have activated Operation Temperer which has deployed 2,550 armed police officials on the streets all over the United Kingdom, forcing not only the Angels undercover but the organization which they wish to integrate themselves into: The British Vixens.
Despite this though, the Angels are still determined not to let this stop their expansion and during a speech made by her leader, she takes her place in front of Abigail with the rest of the Angels and cheers as Abigail makes the declaration of:
"I promised that the Angels would get an expansion, and Abigail has always kept her promises. Jomnune may have forced police onto the streets but he hasn't taken away our freedom and if we are to get into the Vixens then we have to be brave. This time, neither soldier nor hyena will prevent us from expanding! And that is not a promise but it is something that will happen!"