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- "Sam fell first. And yet he showed us that the Covenant could be killed. Sam proved we could win this war. Every battle won is built on the foundation of that sacrifice. If we survive this, it's because Sam showed us the way."
- —Fred-104 on Sam's sacrifice aboard Unrelenting
Petty Officer, Second Class Samuel-034 was a Spartan-II supersoldier of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Group. Samuel was notably the tallest and strongest of the Spartan-IIs, and often acted as the second-in-command of Blue Team. At the age of fourteen, Samuel was the first Spartan-II to be killed in action—on November 27, 2525—in battle against the Covenant during the Battle of Chi Ceti IV.
Early life and conscription
- Samuel: "We can be friends… I mean, if you want. It'd be no big deal."
- Kelly: "Sure."
- John: "Okay. Friends."
- —Sam striking up his first conversation with John and Kelly during training
Samuel was born on the human Outer Colony of Harvest on July 10, 2511. In around 2517, Sam was identified as an extremely talented child destined for a great purpose, and was listed as a candidate for Doctor Catherine Halsey's SPARTAN-II program as a result. Later that year, he was abducted by the Office of Naval Intelligence on September 23, 2517 at the age of six to be conscripted into the SPARTAN-II program. He was then replaced with a flash clone and sent to Reach in the Epsilon Eridani system to begin training with the other Spartans under the watchful eyes of Halsey, Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez, and Déjà, the dumb AI serving as the Spartans' teacher. Samuel's flash clone would die later that year.
On the first day of training, Mendez divided the Spartan trainees into teams of three. Samuel was assigned into a team with fellow trainees John-117 and Kelly-087. During their first trip to "the playground", John finished first in the competition, while Kelly and Sam came in last. Mendez informed the team that they had lost, simply because, in his words, "Your team loses, you lose. You don't win until your team wins." As their team had finished last, they were not allowed to eat dinner that night. However, the three Spartans had learned a lesson in teamwork and the three never made the same mistake again. The day after, Sam had shoved John and threatened to push him off one of the pillars if he refused to work with them again. During the second run of the playground, the three worked together and achieved third place in the exercise, earning their dinner. The exercise led to the formation of a camaraderie between the three and they became good friends.
Training and augmentations
- Samuel-034: "Don't worry, I won't let them do anything to you."
- John-117: "I know. Thanks."
- —Sam to John, before the latter engages members of Tango Company in a training simulation
Along with John and Kelly, Samuel formed the Spartan-IIs' first iteration of Blue Team. Sam later trained with his fellow Spartans at the Military Wilderness Training Preserve on Reach. During one of the training operations on July 12, 2519, each Spartan trainee was dropped off at a different point in the preserve and was tasked with reaching an extraction point; the last Spartan to reach the point was to be left behind and forced to walk back. After being dropped off, the Spartans regrouped and made their way to the extraction point together. Upon reaching the point, the Spartans encountered a squad of UNSC Marines. When Sam feigned an injury before the Marines, one of them moved to attack him. However, as part of their plan, the rest of the Spartans attacked the Marine by throwing rocks at him and knocked him unconscious. The Spartans then enacted a similar plan on the rest of the Marines and eventually defeated the entire squad. Afterwards, the Spartans reached a D96-TCE Albatross and, with Déjà's help, commandeered the dropship and left the training preserve. John was subsequently promoted to squad leader after the mission, while Sam often served as his second-in-command. By July 14, 2523, Sam and the Spartans had begun facing the formidable and ruthless Tango Company in simulated war games.
After receiving his Spartan augmentations at an ONI medical facility station, Sam was the fastest to recover, and was in exceptional health. He later attended a military funeral on the carrier UNSC Atlas in the Lambda Serpentis system for those Spartans who died during the augmentation process. Later, the Spartans then returned to Reach for their final training phase in the Highland Mountains.
Infiltration on Eridanus Secundus
- "They would have detected a UNSC ship… they wouldn't detect us."
- —Samuel-034, referring to the Spartans' infiltration capabilities
On September 14, 2525, Samuel was selected to remain a member of Blue Team—now composed of John, Kelly, Linda-058, and Fred-104. The team was then chosen for the Spartan-IIs' first mission at the Eridanus system, Operation: TALON. The operation's objective was to capture Colonel Robert Watts, a UNSC Marine turncoat officer and the leader of the United Rebel Front. ONI had recently discovered that Watts was residing within Eridanus Secundus, a large asteroid settlement and insurrectionist military base in the Eridanus system's largest asteroid belt.
Equipped with black body suits and MA2B assault rifles, Samuel and the rest of Blue Team were brought to the Eridanus II space docks, where they infiltrated the URF-operated Parabola-class freighter Laden. While aboard the freighter, the Spartans learned that a crate of luxury goods was headed for Watts' location. The Spartans tagged the crate with a NAV marker transmitter, allowing them to follow the crate to Watts' location once they reached the asteroid. When Laden arrived at one of Eridanus Secundus' docking bays, Blue Team fought their way through Eridanus Secundus until they reached Watts' apartment, located using the NAV marker they had placed on the crate. After killing his guards, Sam and the rest of Blue Team secured Watts inside a crate and made their way back to Eridanus Secundus' docking bay. Sam put several C-12 explosives on the asteroid's main hangar bay doors and the Spartans fled in a stolen D77-TC Pelican with Watts, as the doors blew open and the hangar bay decompressed. As the Pelican left the asteroid, Sam's explosives caused Eridanus Secundus to vent atmosphere and rotate erratically.
Chi Ceti IV and death
- "I know Spartans don't cry, but for once… I was glad for the helmet. Sam was our first lost since augmentation. We thought training… augmentation… armor… made us untouchable… invulnerable... immortal—Blue Team. We were wrong. We were children."
- —Kelly-087, after Samuel's sacrifice
After the First Battle of Harvest, Samuel and the rest of the Spartan-IIs were brought to the Reach FLEETCOM Military Complex, where Rear Admiral Michael Stanforth and the AI Beowulf briefed them on the emerging Covenant threat. The training of Sam, and the rest of the Spartan-IIs, was accelerated and the Spartans were sent to Chi Ceti IV in the Chi Ceti system to receive their new MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor from Damascus Materials Testing Facility to aid in combat against the Covenant. Upon arriving at the Chi Ceti system aboard the Paris-class heavy frigate UNSC Commonwealth, the Spartans prepared to travel to the Damascus Testing Facility on Chi Ceti IV with Doctor Catherine Halsey to be equipped with their MJOLNIR armor. While in orbit over the planet, a Covenant ship—Unrelenting—appeared in the system and attacked Commonwealth. However, Commonwealth was able to temporarily ward off the ship, allowing the Spartans and Dr. Halsey to safely make their way to the facility. Upon arriving at Damascus, the Spartans were able to retrieve the MJOLNIR armor and then left to return to Commonwealth in a Pelican.
While en route to the frigate, Unrelenting returned to the battle and began to engage Commonwealth, severely damaging the ship. As the Covenant prepared to finish off the human ship, John had Sam take a team of Spartans to remove the Pelican's Anvil-II AS missiles. With thruster packs, all the Spartans flew out from the Pelican and attempted to direct themselves towards Unrelenting. Sam, Kelly, and John were the only three Spartans who made it onto the ship, gaining access through a hull breach created by a Magnetic Accelerator Cannon round from Unrelenting.
As they entered and explored the Covenant vessel, Sam was struck in the side by an overcharged bolt from a Type-25 plasma pistol wielded by a Kig-Yar soldier while trying to protect John from harm. The shot burned a sizeable hole in Sam's unshielded armor and ruptured his vacuum suit. The Spartans managed to make it to the engine room of the ship and planted several Anvil-II missiles on the fusion generator; however, their only means of escape was through space, but this was impossible for Sam since the vacuum seal in his armor was compromised. Rather than die in the vacuum of space, Sam volunteered to remain behind and ruthlessly hold off the Covenant forces. As John, Kelly and Fred escaped, Sam's defense allowed the missiles to explode, destroying the entire ship and killing Sam. Sam was later listed as "missing in action" in accordance with ONI Directive 930, an Office of Naval Intelligence Section Two protocol that stated no Spartan-II could be listed as "killed in action"; it was believed that the morale of the public and servicemen alike would fall dramatically if they found out the legendary supersoldiers could actually be killed.
- "Sam's life was not wasted, Kelly. His death taught us something very important. The Covenant can be killed. Humanity can win this war."
- —John-117, understanding the meaning of Sam's sacrifice
Samuel was the first Spartan-II to be killed in combat against the Covenant during the Human-Covenant War. To John, Sam's death proved to him that the Covenant was defeatable and that humanity had the power to win the war. John's views later became shared with not only the rest of Blue Team, but the entire SPARTAN-II program, who viewed Sam's death as a tragic sacrifice that proved the Covenant had weaknesses. Some have speculated that the EOD-class Mjolnir—created as an effort to increase the likelihood of its user surviving an explosion—was developed in response to Sam's death at Chi Ceti. Sam's position on Blue Team was later filled by Kurt-051; although John initially had mixed feelings to this, as he believed Kurt to be highly skilled, but not as disciplined as Sam. Mortally wounded, Kurt had a hallucination about his Spartan comrades that had been killed in battle—including Sam—as he laid dying on November 3, 2552 during the Onyx Conflict.
Following the Covenant War, at some point between July 2557 and October 2558, John, Fred, Kelly, and Linda returned to the glassed remains of Reach's Military Wilderness Training Preserve, where they recalled their friendships with Sam and discussed how Sam's sacrifice motivated them throughout the war.
Personality and traits
- "We were fourteen when we lost almost half of our comrades to augmentation failures. Kids I grew up with… never said good bye to… I still remember their names. The deaths affected each of us differently. Fireteams came and went, but core loyalties and friendships endure. Even beyond death."
- —Samuel, after the deaths of his fellow Spartans during augmentations
Samuel-034 was quiet and a careful listener, but extremely sociable when among his fellow Spartan-IIs and had a larger sense of humor than most of his peers. He cared little for those outside the SPARTAN-II program, and was known to display ruthlessness and pragmatism towards hostiles in combat situations, including human insurrectionists and later towards the Kig-Yar soldiers aboard Unrelenting. During Operation: TALON, Sam detonated a C-12 shaped charge on a docking bay at the United Rebel Front's Eridanus Secundus, irreverent to the obvious URF-affiliated civilian casualties that would be involved with the act. Sam did not display the same great leadership qualities as John-117 or Fred-104 did, but he did act as John's second-in-command in Blue Team throughout the duration of his naval career. Like all Spartan-IIs, Sam was an extremely talented individual, even at a young age. Known to be the strongest Spartan-II, Sam was also an expert with explosives. According to John, Sam had the best sight and hearing capabilities of all of his subordinates. Samuel admittedly found it difficult to fall asleep prior to a mission's undertaking.
By the first days of their training, despite their initially rough first interactions, Samuel formed a close friendship with John-117 and Kelly-087. Sam was the first Spartan to have spoken to and befriend John at Reach and, in 2552, John considered Sam to be his first and best friend. The three of them became inseparable, with John considering them to be members of his family. Sam was close to most of his fellow Spartan-II candidates during training and was deeply saddened by many of their deaths after the SPARTAN-II augmentation procedures killed nearly half of them. Sam and John were like brothers, they could always depend on each other. When Sam died, John and Kelly were the most devastated.
Samuel-034 had a darkly tanned skin complexion with sandy blond hair and green eyes. By 2525, Samuel had grown his hair out to three centimeters and was warned by Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez that he would look like a civilian if he continued to do so. Samuel was 223.4 centimeters (7 ft 4 in) in height with armor and 135 kg (298 lb) in mass without armor at the age of fourteen. Without his helmet, John-117 noted that Samuel was taller than him by a head. After recovering faster than any other Spartan from the augmentation procedures, he became the largest and strongest Spartan-II supersoldier.[note 1]
- "I think I'm in love…"
- —Samuel-034 commenting on the Mjolnir armor
Following his augmentation procedures and the beginning of the Human-Covenant War, Samuel-034 was equipped with MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/Mark IV from Chi Ceti IV's Damascus Materials Testing Facility along with the rest of his fellow Spartans. Samuel donned a Materials Group developmental helmet permutation that shared visual cues with the armor variant that would eventually be known as the CQB-class Mjolnir variant. Samuel's weapons of choice appeared to be the BR85HB battle rifle, along with two M6G magnums.
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- Samuel-034 was voiced by Dane Jameson, as a child, and by Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series. Samuel also served as the narrator for the second act of the series. , as a teenager, in
- There was a number tag conflict between Samuel-034 and Fhajad-084, as the latter was identified as "Fhajad-034" in Halo: The Fall of Reach. However, all subsequent media refers to Sam as "SPARTAN-034", while Fhajad is now identified with his current tag of "-084".
- In Halo Wars, Spartans will occasionally say "For Samuel!" after killing an enemy unit.
- "Sam" is one of the name options for customized Loadouts in Halo: Reach, along with the members of NOBLE Team and several other Spartan-IIs.
List of appearances
- Halo: The Fall of Reach (First appearance)
- Halo: First Strike
- Halo: Ghosts of Onyx (Mentioned only)
- Halo Wars (Mentioned only)
- Halo: Reach (Mentioned as a Loadout)
- Dr. Halsey's personal journal (Mentioned only)
- Halo: Fall of Reach
- Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series
- ^ a b c Samuel's biography on Halo Waypoint originally listed his armored height as 238.8 cm (7 ft 10 in) and his unarmored mass as 155.6 kg (343 lb, though erroneously converted to 324 lb). This was consistent with his description as the largest of the Spartan-IIs and as being a head taller than John-117. However, his biography was later modified to list his armored height and unarmored mass as 223.4 centimeters (7 ft 4 in) and 135 kg (298 lb), respectively. This makes him the same height as Jorge-052 and Douglas-042 (and ten kilograms less massive than Jorge) as well as only two centimeters taller than John when in armor.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Halo Waypoint: Samuel-034
- ^ a b Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 152 (2010)
- ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 39-40 (2001); pages 56-59 (2010)
- ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series, Act Three
- ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia, page 112 (2011)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 61 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 35 (2001); page 44 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series, Act One
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 60-61 (2010)
- ^ Halo: First Strike, page 202 (2010)
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Blue Team
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 45 (2001); page 62 (2010)
- ^ a b Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 52-53 (2001); pages 65-71 (2010)
- ^ Halo: First Strike, page 158 (2003); page 193 (2010)
- ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 98-99 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 79 (2010)
- ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series, Act Two
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Colonel Watts
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 112 (2010)
- ^ a b Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 115 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 121 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 127 (2010)
- ^ a b Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 141 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 143-145 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 148 (2010)
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 150 (2010)
- ^ a b c Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 127-130 (2001); pages 147-150 (2010)
- ^ Halo: First Strike, page 300 (2010)
- ^ Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant, Issue #2
- ^ Halo Waypoint: The MJOLNIR Project Part 2 (defunct, backup on YouTube.com)
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 33
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 372
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 48
- ^ Halo: First Strike, page 285 (2010)
- ^ Halo Waypoint: GrimBrotherOne on Samuel's armor
- ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series, Credits
- ^ Halo: Reach, Firefight