Part of the muslim minority on the Iberian Peninsula and faced with the repressions of Philipp II, Lopez was among the many of his kinsmen that turned to piracy. Although not unwavering in his devotion to his faith, Lopez was a masterful navigator and soon, the Elders of the Lasombra became aware of the upstart antitribu who raided the Spanish ships.
Seeing themselves threatened by him, they sought to bring him down. They unanimously failed, only managing to loose even more ships. When they amassed their influence in the Spanish port, Lopez left the Mediterranean Sea and instead traveled to the Carribean, where he continued unharassed. Soon, Lasombra sires told their childer of Lopez as a reminder of the danger of the antitribu.