- "A pirate knows no rules. He sails where he fancies, plunders as he likes and lives how he sees fit!"
- ―Alonzo Batilla to Olivier Levasseur, June 1716.[src]
Alonzo Batilla (1690s – unknown) was a French pirate, active in the Caribbean, during the early 18th century. During his career as a pirate, Alonzo befriended the infamous Frenchman Olivier Levasseur, and after Levasseur's execution by the British, searched for his treasure.
Early life and meeting La BuseEdit
Born in France, Alonzo was a wanted criminal who joined the French Navy under an alias in 1711 in the port of Toulon, in order to escape his pursuers. Serving in the fleet of Admiral Jacques Cassard, Batilla participated in the Battles of Montserrat and Antigua in the Caribbean. In battle, he distinguished himself by being an expert marksman and the first to board the enemy ships, killing half a dozen British sailors by himself. Not wanting to come back to France, Batilla deserted after the war and recruited four other sailors in order to plunder merchant ships in the Caribbean Sea.
In June 1716, he boldly attacked a merchant schooner captained by a Templar named Barnes. Alonzo's crew was killed and Batilla himself was put in irons, in order to be hanged later as an example for the other pirates. While he was imprisoned aboard Barnes' ship, Batilla discovered another prisoner, an escaped slave named Jumao. While sailing near Devil's Rock, the schooner was attacked by the French pirate, Olivier Levasseur, also known as La Buse. Levasseur recruited Alonzo and Jumao, gave Alonzo the command of a gunboat called the Serpent, and told him to meet him at the Scorpion Reef.
Life as a pirateEdit
After battling a British gunboat, Alonzo went to Scorpion Reef to meet Levasseur. There, Alonzo asked him for a bigger ship, feeling disappointed with his own vessel's size. Levasseur agreed and led Alonzo past a British brig, and told him to sink two gunboats and take the schooner, the Wanderer, for his own.
Pleased with a new ship, Alonzo decided to attack the brig he avoided earlier, though Levasseur advised him not to, warning him about Benjamin Hornigold's rules, but Alonzo ignored him and attacked the ship regardless. After sinking the brig, Levasseur informed Alonzo that the path he chose would lead to pain and misery, and that it was the end of their partnership. Alonzo argued that they both should sail together, and claim the greatest prizes. Levasseur refused however, and left afterward. A discouraged Alonzo began to chase after Levasseur and soon caught up with him. There, Levasseur told Alonzo to meet him near the west of Haiti, to test Alonzo's wisdom. Soon, Jumao insisted for Alonzo to recruit new crew for the journey, and to get experience in sailing.
In June 1716, under the advice of Jumao, Alonzo decided to stealthily follow a Portuguese merchant ship. Alonzo battled and captured a Royal Navy schooner, HMS Drake, to avoid suspicion by the merchant. However, Alonzo was confronted by the pirate hunter, Alvaro, who was paid to capture Jumao, but Alonzo fought the hunter to protect his friend. Unable to damage Alvaro's frigate, Alonzo and his crew successfully fled the scene.
Working with Samuel BellamyEdit
- Bellamy: "What are you doing here?"
- Alonzo: "I want my share of this take!"
- Bellamy: "Your share, eh?... It seems you've earned it, boy!"
- Alonzo: "Thanks, Sam! You won't regret it!"
- —Alonzo and Bellamy agree to work together, July 1716.[src]
With an improved ship and crew, Alonzo met Levasseur in Bahía de Guadiana. After a brief conversation about Hornigold and the Royal Navy, they both sailed to the pirate cove. Near the hideout, the pirates discovered three British brigs, which Alonzo sunk one by one. After the battle and avoiding naval mines, he met up with Levasseur in the pirate hideout.
Alonzo and Levasseur went to the pirate assembly, and found Benjamin Hornigold and Samuel Bellamy arguing about Hornigold's code. They decided to put it to a vote, and the pirates voted for Bellamy as the captain, deposing Hornigold. Bellamy then asked for a pirate who could get rid of of Hornigold. Alonzo took this opportunity and stealthily dropped him off at an island, where Hornigold told Alonzo that he was smarter than the other pirates, and he should leave the job if he'd get the chance to. Alonzo declined, with plans of earning a fortune still in his mind. He asked Hornigold what he would do, since he was alone, to which Hornigold simply replied that he had friends in Nassau, and invited Alonzo to come there one day.
At night, Levasseur informed Alonzo that Bellamy was making new plans to earn money. Alonzo claimed that he deserved a share, and rushed off to meet Bellamy, countering winds and avoiding enemy schooners. He eventually met Bellamy, and he agreed to give Alonzo a share of profits. Bellamy told Alonzo about a ship in the north which carried a special cargo, which Alonzo thought to be gold or gems, but Bellamy told him that it was a slave ship. Disappointed, Alonzo told Bellamy that there was no profit in trafficking human cargo, but Bellamy insisted to attack the slave ship regardless. Alonzo agreed to attack the ship, but Jumao warned him not to sink it. As the ship was incapacitated, slaves took the opportunity to escape from it, and were saved by Alonzo, on Jumao's suggestion. Subsequently, Alonzo met with Bellamy, and let the slaves go free. Under Bellamy's advice, Alonzo hired Aaminah, a female slave, into his crew. Bellamy also told Alonzo that pirates were not mere outlaws, but also freedom fighters.
In August 1716, while sailing near Isla de la Juventud, Aaminah told Alonzo that she was detained as a slave in a fort on the island, before being transported to Kingston. Thrilled by the opportunity to plunder a fort, Alonzo decided to see it for himself. Seeing many warships guarding a passage to the fort itself, Alonzo figured something important was stored inside. Approaching the fort, Alonzo encountered a Man O' War and two schooners. While the schooners were destroyed, Alonzo failed to sink the Man O' War, which was captained by Alvaro. He congratulated Alonzo on his accomplishment and departed, saying that they would meet again. As Alonzo liberated the fort and freed the slaves held inside, he considered taking up the cause of ending the slave trade, but Aaminah warned him that more forts would be built soon, and it would be difficult to permanently eliminate slavery.
After three months, Alonzo met with Levasseur and Bellamy in order to attack the Spanish Treasure Fleet. However, the fleet split up when the pirates were noticed. After sinking a pair of schooners which escorted a galleon, the pirates boarded it, only for Bellamy to tell Alonzo and Levasseur that the ship was a decoy, and the treasure was held aboard another galleon. This made Alonzo and Levasseur skeptical, thinking that Bellamy was not after gold. Alonzo caught up with the second galleon afterwards, and destroyed its escort ships.
Before the pirates could board the galleon however, they were attacked by Francis Hume and the Royal Navy. Angered by the interference, Alonzo battled Hume, but his ship was able to withstand the attack. After some time, Levasseur appeared and engaged Hume's frigate, giving Alonzo the perfect chance to escape, and was followed soon by Levasseur. The pair decided to retaliate against the Royal Navy by plundering a British fort. After capturing it, Levasseur decided that he had earned enough money from plunder, and planned to settle in a remote place and live freely, while also commenting that gold is more valuable than friendship.
Search for the WhydahEdit
- Alonzo: "The ice of the North will be your final resting place!"
- Alvaro: "If I ever descend to hell... it'll be to drag you there! You'll never be free of me!"
- Alonzo: "What a persistent fool... I hope the sea has seized his bloody carcass!"
- —Alonzo and Alvaro's exchange of words, before the latter's death.[src]
The following month, Jumao suggested to hunt a white whale in the Arctic Sea. While searching for a whale to hunt, Alonzo was once again attacked by Alvaro and his fleet. However, Alonzo managed to sink the fleet, and kill Alvaro in the process.
In January of 1717 Alonzo met up with Bellamy, angry that he left him during the previous engagement with the Spanish Treasure Fleet. Bellamy apologized, and told Alonzo that his prize was not aboard the Treasure Fleet, and that their target was Laurens Prins, a wealthy slave trader. Alonzo agreed to find a merchant in Havana who knew the whereabouts of Prins and his ship, the Whydah. Alonzo and his crew sailed to Havana, Cuba. However, a large fleet of Spanish warships were blocking the port, and engaged Alonzo's ship. After the battle, the pirate managed to find another path into Havana's harbor, but it was blocked by naval mines. Alonzo made it past the mines and Spanish ships, before finally reaching Havana's port.
Alonzo used his spyglass to locate the merchant he was looking for, Captain Barnes. Alonzo met the man who had captured him a few years ago, and forced Barnes to give him information about Prins. After sparing Barnes' life, Alonzo noticed Francis Hume's ship sailing away from Havana. Following it, Alonzo witnessed the frigate pulling alongside a Spanish ship, and eavesdropped on a conversation between Hume and Laureano de Torres y Ayala. Learning that the Templars had sent brigs to attack Bellamy after the attack on the Treasure Fleet, Alonzo went off to warn Bellamy, rescuing him from the Templar ships. Unknowingly to Alonzo, he was followed by Hume and engaged him in battle, sparing Francis in the end. After the battle, Alonzo and Bellamy joined forces in order to capture the Whydah.
Acquiring the Fragment of EdenEdit
- Alonzo: "Have you found it, Sam?... Have you found our bounty?!"
- Bellamy: "I have it... at last! In this chest!... The Fragment of Eden!"
- Alonzo: "...A fragment of Eden?"
- Bellamy: "A device with a mind of its own... strong enough to bend wills and shape destinies!"
- —Bellamy telling Alonzo the powers of the Fragment of Eden[src]
In the following month, Alonzo and Bellamy were tailing their target, when they came across Levasseur being attacked by the Royal Navy. While Bellamy was keen on capturing the Whydah, Alonzo was ready to help his friend. He engaged and destroyed the lighthouse, which enabled Levasseur to sail to safety. As an act of gratitude, Levasseur decided to join with Batilla and Bellamy. The duo soon caught up with Bellamy and, under Alonzo's advice, the pirates decided to ambush the Whydah by luring Prins into a trap. The plan worked and as Prins saw Alonzo's ship, he sailed the Whydah right into the pirates' trap. Instead of waiting for his allies, Alonzo engaged in combat with the Whydah, wounding it significantly before Prins surrendered.
Bellamy's pirates ransacked the Whydah after claiming it. After the search, Bellamy revealed the "treasure", the Fragment of Eden, to his fellow pirates. Upon learning the artifact's power, Alonzo planned to use it to become the king of the seas, but Bellamy disagreed, saying that is what his enemy, the Templar Order would do. Bellamy revealed the existence of the Templars to his fellow pirates and advised them to flee before they attack the pirates again. Since the Whydah was heavily damaged and lost its firepower, Levasseur and Batilla escorted the damaged ship. As the weather worsened, the pirate convoy was confronted by Francis Hume, who now captained the Royal Navy flagship, the King George. Alonzo engaged the Man O' War, while Levasseur shielded him. The King George managed to withstand Alonzo and Levasseur's cannons, but was surprised and crippled by a broadside fire from the Queen Anne's Revenge, which allowed Batilla to eliminate the Templar threat. Afterwards, Batilla thanked Edward Thatch for helping his fellow pirates.
As a reward for saving Bellamy's life again, Bellamy entrusted the duty of protecting the Fragment of Eden to Alonzo, saying that the Templars will soon be after him. After Bellamy left, Alonzo was not sure if he could keep it safe from the Templars. Levasseur devised a plan to hide the artifact from the Templars, but he didn't reveal it to Alonzo, instead he told him to meet soon.
Time in NassauEdit
- "The right place to settle among brothers... far from the righteous and the corrupt?"
- ―Alonzo Batilla describing Nassau to Christopher Condent, May 1717[src]
Alonzo soon met up with Levasseur in the Bahamas. Levasseur revealed the perfect location to store the Fragment of Eden would be in the Pirates Republic. Nassau would be safe from the Spanish and the Royal navies, and an unlikely place where the Templars would search for it. On their way to Nassau, the duo met the infamous pirate, Charles Vane. After a brief conversation with Vane, Batilla and Levasseur raced to the pirate city, in which Alonzo emerged victorious. On the city's shores, the pirates met Christopher Condent, another pirate and secretly a Templar. Through Condent, Alonzo learned that Nassau did not have enough provisions to run, and the only suppliers, Hornigold and Thatch, were gone for months. Under Condent's suggestion, Alonzo attacked a Royal Navy convoy full of resources, and gave it to the pirate community of Nassau. Alonzo was also tasked to collect fifteen crates of rum from a heavily protected shipwreck site.
When Alonzo returned to the city, he was informed that Vane decided to take matters into his own hands and left in his brig, the Ranger, to attack another merchant convoy. Alonzo quickly saved Vane from attacking the Royal Navy brigs. Although Vane was enraged by Alonzo's intervention, Alonzo thought he did the right thing, since Vane's actions could attract unwanted attention. Back at Nassau, Condent informed that Levasseur had disappeared, leaving behind only a map.
Alonzo sailed to the map's location, but found neither Levasseur nor the Fragment of Eden. However, Alonzo and his crew did found a cryptogram left behind by their friend. By using a trick involving light, Aaminah managed to reveal a map written in invisible ink, allowing them to track La Buse to La Boca del Diablo.
Search for La BuseEdit
When Alonzo neared La Boca del Diablo, he inquired a fisherwoman if she had seen Levasseur's ship, Le Postillon, sailing by. The woman replied that she'd seen the pirate ship, and also told Alonzo that a Spanish Man o' War was chasing it. Alonzo then sailed out to look for his friend but to no result. Eventually, Alonzo found the wreck of Le Postillon. Jumao noted that the ship was recently wrecked and that the enemy ship could be nearby. Alonzo used his spyglass to scan the area and found a frigate. Alonzo rushed to attack the frigate, but stopped when he realized that it was Edward Thatch's pirate ship. Thatch told Alonzo that Bellamy was killed in a terrible storm. Under Alonzo's suggestion, the pirates went back to inspect the wreck.
Searching the remains of the wreckage, Alonzo found out that Levasseur was attacked by the Templars. After Batilla revealed the existence of the Templar Order to Thatch, the latter sailed back to protect Nassau. Before leaving, Thatch suggested Alonzo to investigate the fort on the island. Alonzo went out to the fort and after using mortar fire to destroy the heavily guard fort, Alonzo noticed a vessel trying to escape. After a chase, Alonzo boarded the vessel and found out it was Barnes who captained the ship. When Alonzo asked for the Fragment of Eden, Barnes stated that Levasseur had used it to steal another ship and escape. Barnes then gave La Buse's codex to Alonzo, saying that it was useless since it did not make sense.
Subsequently, with the help of Aaminah, Alonzo deciphered the codex and found out that Levasseur was sailing to Mayaguana to escape from the Templars.
In December 1717, Alonzo sailed to Mayaguana, hoping to find Levasseur. On his way, he met Hornigold. Hornigold was returning with the news of the Royal Pardon issued by King George I. Alonzo declined the pardon, and informed Hornigold about Levasseur's disappearance. Hornigold replied that he'd help him locate Alonzo, and both began sailing towards Mayaguana. However, Hornigold's ship, the Benjamin, began to sail faster and eventually led Alonzo into a trap of enemy ships and naval mines. Alonzo sunk all ships, avoided the naval mines and soon located Benjamin Hornigold, who was in the middle of a Templar meeting with Barnes and Condent. Barnes explained that Levasseur had used the relic's power and escaped. Condent interrupted the conversation, and shot Barnes, saying that he was a "loose end".
After witnessing the murder, Alonzo attacked the Benjamin. There, Alonzo accused Hornigold of being a traitor, to which he replied that he had built Nassau and he can destroy it if he fancies to. Before Alonzo could kill Hornigold, Captain Barnes called out Alonzo. The severely injured captain told Alonzo in his dying breath that he might find his friend in Harbour Island, an island inhabited by pirates and corrupt merchants.
In March 1718, Alonzo continued his search for Levasseur and sailed to Harbour Island. Upon arrival Alonzo asked a local pirate where he could find Richard Thompson, the Deputy Governor of Harbour Island, who might knew more about Levasseur's whereabouts. However, the pirate told Alonzo that Charles Vane had gathered an army and was preparing to loot the islands before the Royal Navy would. Alonzo then set sail to find Vane and demanded he surrendered Thompson. Vane refused and attacked Alonzo, who in turn sank Vane's fleet. Vane then tried to escape and dropped a trail of mines. Evading the mines and eventually catching up to him, Alonzo defeated Vane. Alonzo then left and sailed to the islet on which Vane had left Thompson, finding the merchant there.
Thompson told Alonzo that Levasseur had joined Thatch's crew and was on his way to Charleston in South Carolina. Going after them and catching up with Thatch's ship, Alonzo was eventually reunited with Levasseur, who intended to leave the West Indies with the artifact and needed Alonzo to find a ship for him.
Securing the Fragment of EdenEdit
- Levasseur: "I hid the Fragment of Eden, but Hornigold and Condent are actively searching for it! The West Indies are being tamed, Alonzo... Sooner or later, the relic will fall into Templar hands!"
- Alonzo: "I won't let it happen. We'll take it far from here! The Templars will never find it!"
- ―Levasseur warning Alonzo about the safety of the Fragment of Eden[src]
In August 1718, Alonzo and Levasseur were sailing in Caicos Islands, searching a ship for the latter suitable to cross the Atlantic. While sailing, the two pirates encountered a Portuguese galleon and captured the ship without damaging it. Though Levasseur was ready to departure, he told Alonzo that the Fragment of Eden was still not safe and that Benjamin Hornigold and Christopher Condent were searching for it. Keeping their promise to Bellamy to safeguard the object, the two went to the cave where Levasseur had hidden the artifact.
After retrieving the Fragment from the secret location, they were ambushed by Condent's ship, who demanded the pirates to hand over the artifact. Although Condent's ship was much stronger, Alonzo refused and by using the power of the artifact to boost the weapons and the speed of his vessel, Alonzo sank the vessel of the Templar.
Just as Alonzo had defeated Condent, a British war fleet led by the pirate hunter Woodes Rogers suddenly appeared. Since the King's pardon had expired and the British fleet came to hunt down remaining pirates, Alonzo decided that he would delay the fleet, while Levasseur was to hide the Fragment of Eden. Levasseur fled aboard the Portuguese galleon, telling Alonzo that if something would go wrong, he'd find a way to tell him where to find the artifact. Alonzo then sailed out to meet the British fleet led by Woodes Rogers.
Refusing to surrender to Rogers and telling his crew to brace themselves, Alonzo boldly attacked the Royal navy. After sinking six ships of the British fleet, Batilla faced Rogers' Man O' War. However, Rogers' ship proved to be too strong for Alonzo and having not managed to inflict any significant damages to the Rogers' vessel, Alonzo fled. Luckily for the pirate, Roger did not find Alonzo worth the chase and he told his fleet to sail for Nassau, where he was to claim his position as governor.
Having escaped the British fleet, Alonzo consulted with his crew, who were resolute in leaving the Caribbean for good. Alonzo had other plans as he explained that he'd rather take his chances with fate than to die a slow death.
- Alonzo is a Spanish variant of the Old German name "Alphonse", the meaning of which is either interpreted as "noble and ready" or "ready for battle".
- While not a member of the Assassin Brotherhood during the events depicted in Assassin's Creed: Pirates, the presence of Assassin insignias on his outfit in promotional arts seems to indicate that he joined the Assassins at some point in his life.