A notorious bounty hunter and Mexican revolutionary. Javier immediately had a strong connection to Dutch’s ideals. Very committed, passionate and loyal.
—Rockstar Games' description of Escuella for Redemption 2.
Javier Escuella was born in Nuevo Paraiso, Mexico. According to Agustin Allende, Javier's father was a drunk that worked on his uncle's land.
When Javier was a boy, he witnessed his uncle and four other men castrated and fed to pigs because they suggested the villagers demand a fair wage.
Javier became a notorious bounty hunter and revolutionary, fighting against what he saw as a corrupt system. Javier ended up killing a powerful, former military man in Punta Orgullo over a woman he was in love with.
Fearing that his loved ones would suffer if he remained in Mexico, Javier fled to America. He did not know any English and eventually became feeble and starved.
In 1895, while attempting to steal some chickens, Javier came across Dutch van der Linde doing the same. They both laughed, and Dutch fed and clothed Javier, offering him a spot in the Van der Linde gang. Javier felt an immediate affinity with the gang and its ideals. He came to see the gang as his family and his true home. He especially idolized Dutch for his revolutionary ideals and became fiercely loyal to him.
By 1899, the gang had fled east and ended up in in the state of West Elizabeth. They had been camping outside of the town of Blackwater when Dutch caught wind of a boat carrying an immense amount of money. The gang attempted to rob the boat, but the heist when wrong when Pinkerton agents showed up. Javier witnessed Dutch murder a young mother named Heidi McCourt. The gang made a desperate escape to the north, ending up in the in the northern state of Ambarino.
After retreating North following the failed Blackwater heist, the gang took shelter in the abandoned mining town of Colter. After Abigail asks Arthur to look for John, he brings Javier along, and they find John badly wounded. They soon learn that he was ravaged by wolves, and are forced to kill off the wolves before returning to camp. After the gang learns that the O'Driscolls are camped nearby, Javier joins in on the assault on their camp, slaying several O'Driscolls.
During the assault on the Cornwall train, Javier attempts to jump aboard the moving train, but misses, and falls to the ground injured. He would soon recover.
Not long after moving to Horseshoe Overlook, Javier takes part in the mission to help rescue Sean along with Arthur, Charles, and Trelawny. He along with Arthur and Trelawny assault the camp front on while Charles takes a vantage point over the enemy Bounty Hunters. Ultimately, the mission results in Sean being rescued.
Javier, along with John and Arthur make a deal with the Grays, in which they will steal the Braithwaites prized horses and sell them for five thousand dollars. The three of them talk their way into the grounds, before killing the stablehand and stealing the horses. Javier will be the one to lead the horses during the escape until they sell them for a meager seven hundred dollars. Javier will once again strike another blow to the Braithwaites when he takes part in the assault on Braithwaite manor.
Javier plays the part of a security guard during the riverboat robbery. After Arthur wins a significant sum from the owner of the riverboat, Javier escorts a man upstairs to the vault as he goes to collect it. Javier pulls his gun on the man as soon as he opens the vault, which he and Arthur quickly empty. After the man pulls a gun on them, Arthur shoots him, and all hell breaks loose. He, Arthur, Strauss, and Trelawny are then forced to flee the ship. After getting to shore, they divvy up the significant amount of money.
Javier takes part in the Saint-Denis bank robbery, which results in the deaths of Lenny and Hosea. After escaping the Pinkerton trap, he along with the surviving gang members board a ship out the city.
After the boat out of Saint-Denis sinks, he along with the entire gang besides Arthur washes up on shore. Not long after Arthur finds them, he and the rest of the gang are arrested by Garman soldiers. After Hercule Fortaine opens fire on the enemy soldiers, Arthur manages to unlock their handcuffs and they make a run for it. Unfortunately, Javier is shot while trying to flee and is captured by the enemy. He is taken to Aguasdulces, where Dutch and Arthur see him being pulled by a donkey and surrounded by soldiers and Colonel Fussar. He is locked up at a cage, until Dutch and Arthur break him out, and bring him to the safety of the rebels and his fellow gang members. For the rest of his time on Guarma, he is in a recovery mode and is carried around during most of it.
Javier takes part in the assault on the Cornwall refinery, in which he joins the group to assault the warehouse.
After Arthur and Micah draw guns on each other, Javier tells them that the Pinkertons are coming. Arthur then tells Javier that its time for him to choose a side, and despite some hesitation, he joins the majority of the gang on Micah's side. After the Pinkertons show up, he runs away with the rest of the group who sided with Micah.
Events of Red Dead Redemption
Prior to John's assault of Fort Mercer, Javier helps Bill Williamson escape into Nuevo Paraiso. Through his association with Colonel Allende, both Javier and Bill pay the local government to protect them from Marston. When John Marston eventually travels to Mexico in pursuit of them, Allende takes advantage of this, using Marston to aid him in fighting the rebels led by Abraham Reyes. Eventually, John is betrayed and nearly killed by the Mexican army, he then sides with the rebels. Javier is eventually located by Reyes and John in El Presidio during the rebels assault of the fort.
In El Presidio, John holds Javier at gunpoint in a room within the fort. Javier is surprised to see John working for the Bureau of Investigation but John points out that they both now "work for different governments". Javier laughs at this and tries to convince John to let him go. John is quick to remind him of how the gang left him to die and makes it clear to Javier that "It's either you or me. The way I see it, it might as well be you." This doesn't phase Javier and he continues to try to coax a deal out of John. Claiming that he'll give him Bill and claiming to know the location of Dutch, who is allegedly in Colombia. Javier suddenly pushes a crate onto John, who falls over. Javier then leaps out a window. John gets up and runs after him. Depending on how the player decides to deal with Escuella, two outcomes can occur.
Kill Escuella. If the player chooses this, John retrieves Javier's corpse and puts it in a jail cell, because he has to show it to Edgar Ross and Archer Fordham as proof. Before walking out of the jail cell though, John looks at his old friend lying dead on the floor and wipes a tear from his eye and then spits on his corpse. Later on, John takes Javier's dead body to the government agents (Fordham will then say: "I expected him a little more....healthy") and Javier's dead body is taken away.
Capture Escuella. John can capture Escuella by using a lasso to subdue him and then riding back to El Presidios jail. John takes a struggling Escuella to the jail cell, where Javier insults John and tells him that "one day I promise you, you're gonna to regret this." To which John replies "One day's about all you got left." The next morning John takes the restrained Javier to the government agents, Javier spits on his arm and calls John a puto (bitch). He is taken into custody and is not seen for the rest of the game. In optional dialogue, John will share his opinion that Javier will be "locked up for a hell of a long time unless they choose to hang him." Later in the story, it is mentioned by John that Javier is deceased in a conversation with Abigail.
In 1899, Javier is a kind and idealistic man, friendly with most gang members. He was exiled from Mexico for revolutionary activity, claiming that he fought so his people would be fed. It is through this idealism that he connects with Dutch and is unwaveringly loyal to him, sometimes to a fault. He seems to be good friends with John Marston, gladly volunteering to search for him when he goes missing during a snowstorm. Even as the gang is slowly falling apart, Javier continues supporting Dutch. He ultimately sides with him during a confrontation with Arthur and John, albeit reluctantly.
Javier has a noticeable love for music, frequently playing guitar and singing for the members of the Van der Linde gang during meals and parties. He also seems to write his own original music, which delights the gang's members, since it means he can vary the entertainment he provides for them very frequently.
After the gang falls apart, Javier returns to Mexico. By 1911, he is a shadow of his former self, working as a hitman for the ruthless Colonel Allende. He apparently still has some fondness for John, despite the circumstances. After John captures him, Javier becomes very hostile towards him, cursing his name and his family. He also reveals that he always thought of John as weak.
Javier has black hair and a dark complexion. He notably has a mustache that's shaved in the middle. By 1911, his appearance has changed little since 1899, apart from his face is more lined. He also changes his attire, no longer sporting a bowler hat and a blue coat and instead opting to wear a poncho and sombrero, which is more suitable for the desert climate.
In "The Gates of El Presidio", if the player captures Escuella, he will yell to John "I hope you and your wife and children rot in hell!". This comment gives a possible time frame to Marston's daughter's death, implying that she was at least alive when John was in the gang.
Hogtying Escuella, sticking him in front of the gate, and then using the Cannon to blow him up will have the same effect as turning him in alive.
Javier has a knife holster, but he does not have a knife. The player can see the knife holster if he kills Escuella. This may be the reason why Javier is inspecting a Knife in Multiplayer.
His sombrero is the same sombrero as the Bandito Outfit's, only that Javier's is a bit bigger while Bandito Outfit is smaller.
His last name "Escuella" is closely related to "school" in Spanish (Escuela). On the other hand, "escollo", which sounds a little alike, has different meanings, like pitfall, stumbling block, reef, rock, barrier, hidden danger. A mixture of "escuela" and "escollo" could mean that Escuella was really one of the many obstacles Marston has to endure to get his family back.
In the Chuparosa saloon, there is a picture on the wall near the table where Banditos can be seen drinking, the man on the picture is possibly Escuella.
Judging from the way Marston and Escuella's confrontation was going, Javier possibly could have talked John out of taking him into custody if he hadn't attacked John and tried to run.
Javier's death is seemingly confirmed in the mission "Old Friends, New Problems" where John tells Abigail "Bill, Javier, Dutch. They're all dead. It doesn't get more over than that." Despite the fact that John can spare Javier, John still says this line. Meaning that he was indeed executed after being captured by John.
In "The Demon Drink" Allende mentions being somewhat associated with Javier's father by saying "Escuella is from this province. His father was a borracho, a drunk who worked as a laborer on land cultivated by my uncle."
Escuella will be wearing either copper or rusty iron cuffs if the player hogties him.
According to John, Escuella never attempted to teach John or his fellow gang members any Spanish, something Abraham Reyes sneers at.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, Javier plays the guitar for the gang when sitting around the campfire at night.