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"There are those who say the Taíno are already extinct. But we will never be extinguished. Our Fight continues."
―Opía Apito on the survival of her people.
Opía Apito
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Biographical information
Born

around 1695

Died

Unknown

Political information
Real-world information
Appears in

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Opía Apito (c. 1695 – unknown) was a Taíno member of the Caribbean Brotherhood of Assassins and the leader of the Assassin bureau on the Cayman Islands.

Biography

Early life

Opía Apito was born to a Taíno mother and a Spanish father, the latter of which she never knew. Raised among her mother's people, she lived a peaceful life until her twelfth year, when her village was raided by Spanish troops, led by the adventurer, Alejandro Ortega de Márquez. While most of the community was kidnapped or killed, Opía fought for her life and managed to escape, going into hiding for close to a decade.

By the time she had reached her early twenties, Opía had made contact with the Asssassins, who initially hired her as a guide. She soon joined their ranks and, as a testament to her skill, was eventually promoted to the position of bureau leader. Settling near the Cayman Islands, she built an agile and highly effective "ghost" bureau with virtually no physical footprint to speak of.

Teaming up with Edward Kenway

"Typical. Twist a Templar Blade to our Back to play Savior to our Face."
―Opía Apito upon discovering Edward had given away her location to the Templars.

By 1715, the location of Opía's bureau had been exposed to the Templars by Edward Kenway, who had delivered them maps detailling the whereabouts of various Assassin encampments in the Caribbean. On the advice of James Kidd, Edward went to meet Opía and warn her about the Templar agent, carrying a unique Templar key, pursuing her. After explaining the situation to her Edward offered to help undo his mistake in exchange for a Templar key to a vault at his compound on Great Inagua.

Distrustful of the pirate, Opía challenged him to a hunting contest in exchange for her help. Despite her initial hostility and confidence, she admitted defeat when Edward managed to kill a white jaguar. Opía then agreed to assist him, instructing Edward to meet her on Grand Cayman, where they would investigate.

Upon meeting Edward there, she admitted to being surprised, not having expected him to turn up at all. After some brief conversation, Edward set out to find the person that had caused the influx of frigates in the otherwise peaceful fishing village, with Opía staying near the docks. Mingling with the populace, Edward then returned to inform her that a woman named "Márquez" was the cause, shocking Opía, who recognized the surname. Following this, the pair headed to the house of Vargas, Márquez's right-hand man, in the hopes of finding her there.

Hunting down Lucia Márquez

"Lucia Márquez, if it's us you're after, come out and fight like a Woman of Honour!"
―Opía Apito to Lucia Márquez.

Having made it to Vargas' residence, Opía ordered Edward to hide nearby and knocked on the door, requesting an audience with Márquez. This caused Vargas, who had been in the house, to attempt to flee via the back door to his ship. Using the Jackdaw, Opía and Edward caught up to Vargas, crippling his vessel and subsequently boarding it. After a brief interrogation, Vargas revealed Márquez had journeyed to Juventud, giving Opía confirmation that she was indeed Márquez's target.

The pair then made their way to Pinos Isle, infiltrating the Mayan ruins by tailing one of Márquez's men. There, they attacked Marquez's troops to try to force her out of hiding, which they eventually did. Firing at the both of them, Márquez fled deeper into the ruins, but was eventually killed by Edward. With her dying breath, Márquez criticized the Taíno for failing to see what wealth and freedom her father could've brought to the Carribean. Opía refuted her claims, stating that her people had already been living freely.

Trivia

  • Her name, possibly self-given, was reportedly an amalgam of the Taíno words for "eternity" and "ghost."

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