Opia Apito was raised among her mother's people, the Taino, and never knew her father, a Spaniard. There were rumors that her father was the adventurer known as Alejandro Ortega de Márquez, but these have never been verified.
When Opia was twelve years old, her village was raided by the Spanish. Most of her community was kidnapped or killed, but Opia fought and ran. She survived in hiding for close to a decade.
In her early twenties, she was hired by an Assassin as a guide, and joined the Brotherhood soon after.