Samantha "Sam"-015 (born Samantha Emily Arendt; July 7, 2511) is one of the last surviving SPARTAN-II supersoldiers. Sam-015, Rick-077, and Naomi-010, are the only Spartans of Beta-Red who did not become missing in action during the Fall of Reach, although the frigate they escaped to prevented them from participating in the rest of the Human-Covenant War. After sufficient repairs, the frigate was able to make its way back into UNSC space after the war, allowing Sam-015, Rick-077, and Naomi-010 to return to service.
Samantha Emily "Sam" Arendt was born on July 7th, 2511 at Tricode Village, Mars. When Sam was five or six years old, she was identified as one of the one hundred fifty candidates for the SPARTAN-II Program, being physically and mentally superior to almost all children her age. She was abducted and conscripted into the program by Dr. Halsey, with her official name changed to Samantha-015. Like the rest of the Class-I SPARTAN-IIs, Sam was taken to Reach and trained by Chief Petty OfficerFranklin Mendez and AIDéjà. Sam-015 was placed into Green Team, where she met Kurt-051, Rick-077, and Dom-094. As an optimistic and sociable person, Sam immediately got along with her new teammates, and with the extended time she spent with them, she began to value them as extremely close friends.
As with all of the SPARTAN-II children, Sam-015 underwent the excruciatingly painful augmentation procedures. When Sam saw that Dom was losing the will to get through the enhancements, she promised him that they would endure and survive the process together. After Sam recovered, she was grateful that Kurt, Dom, and rick were among those who made it, as several of the SPARTAN-II trainees died horrifically, with their bodies unable to take the rapid changes.
Similar to the events of Chi Ceti, Platinum Team traveled to the Divine Eradication by Pelican with many of the UNSC Future Untold and several other UNSC vessels drawing the Covenant's attention. While the Spartans were in the Pelican, Annie-003 told Sam-015 to bring an M41 SSR MAV/AW, as she believed they would need all the firepower they could get. Several of the UNSC vessels then fired their MACs at the assault carrier, enough to create an opening in the Covenant carrier's narrow section for the Spartans to board. Platinum Team subsequently left their Pelican and used their thruster packs to propel themselves into the Divine Eradication.
If not for Sam-015's M41 SSR MAV/AW, not everyone would have made it out alive.
The members of Platinum Team initially faced grunts and jackals and were able to take them out with little difficulty. When the Spartans began facing eliterangers, Annie-003 ordered Sam-015 to make liberal use of her rocket launcher against shielded enemies. Tougher infantry needed to be eliminated quickly as the Spartans could not afford the possibility of getting shot. Once the Spartans had fought their way deep enough into the Divine Eradication, they armed the nuke, putting it on a timer. However, they prepared for remote detonation should the timer malfunction. With the bomb in place, the Spartans proceeded to fight their way out of the Covenant ship. Commander Bella Caseiro contacted the Spartans, informing them that she was waiting for them outside aboard the UNSC Muted Whisper. Minutes after the Muted Whisper had safely recovered the Spartans, the HAVOK detonated, severing the Divine Eradication at its "neck" and also destroying nearby Covenant battlecruiser.
With the greatest naval threat gone, the Liber fleet proceeded to turn the tide of the naval battle. The Spartans were then deployed on the surface to help the UNSC ground forces finish off the Covenant infantry and also search for survivors. In orbit, the surviving UNSC ships were able to force the last two battlecruisers into retreat, ending the battle in favor of the humans. The synergy between the Spartans played a major role in their success at Liber, prompting the establishment of Platinum Team as a permanent Spartan unit under the leadership of Annie-003.
Battle of Miridem
Platinum Team was sent to Miridem in order to help evacuate its civilians. There, Dom-094 discovered three children who were orphaned by and hiding from Covenant forces. Dom-094 took the children to the rest of the Platinum Team, and the SPARTANs escorted them to the nearest transport, successfully keeping the children from enemy fire.
Sam-015, making full use of her M41 SSR MAV/AW to defend the navigation core
Sam-015 and the other Platinum Team members were called to the colony of Flora to defend it from a Covenant invasion. As the first SPARTAN to arrive, Sam-015 was immediately sent to the surface, where she helped fight off Covenant infantry from major cities. After successfully saving a few cities from immediate destruction, she was then sent to the Zion ship breaking yards to prevent the Covenant from capturing a navigation core. Alongside a large platoon of ODSTs, the SPARTAN held off waves of elites. As the ship breaking yards conveniently possessed a room full of M19 missiles, Sam-015 was able to make full use of her M41 SSR MAV/AW. Despite the SPARTAN having singlehandedly taken down many elites, the sheer number of enemies enabled the Covenant to remove the core from its case. As Sam-015 pursued the elite with the core, three more blocked her path. Although she killed the three elites near-simultaneously, she was no longer close enough to the escaping elite to stop the core. Lance CorporalKyle Bean piloted an abandoned banshee, and fired two fuel rods at the elite with the core; the first shot missed, but the second stopped the core from being delivered. Unfortunately, Bean died in his efforts, having been too close to his target when he fired the killing shot. Detecting UNSC reinforcements, the phantom that waited to extract the core fled. Sam-015 and the surviving ODSTs then finished off the remaining elites, securing the core.
The rest of the Platinum Team, as well as SPARTAN-IIIRyan-A022 arrived at the system several days later. Rick-077 and Dom-094 landed on Flora to assist Sam, while Annie-003 and Ryan-A022 were sent to the other side of the colony.
During the battle, ONI had intercepted a Covenant transmission regarding an artifact called the Contumacy. A map on the location of the artifact was hidden within an underground Forerunner structure on Flora. Sam-015, Rick-077, and Dom-094 were sent to the structure and fought through special operations elites. Although the SPARTANs could not reach the map before the Covenant forces did, ONI managed to track the map to the Covenant battlecruiserUnwavering Conviction, which by chance, was hovering a few hundred meters over Covenant-occupied land to refit. A Pelican deployed the three SPARTANs and a squad ODSTs just outside the Covenant territory. The SPARTANs boarded the battlecruiser by using its gravity lift, and immediately faced an attack on all sides. Through teamwork, they cleared the room and moved on, although the majority of the ODSTs were killed in the attack.
Just as the Unwavering Conviction left Flora's atmosphere, it was ambushed by the UNSC Alexandra and a few other cruisers. This enabled Annie-003 and Ryan-A022, who had left Flora's surface, to board the battlecruiser with a GA-TL1 Longsword. The SPARTANs of both sides joined forces aboard the ship, and then killed the shipmaster and took the map. On their way out of the Unwavering Conviction, however, the SPARTANs discovered that their Longsword was destroyed by the Covenant. Fortunately, a Pelican was able to pick up the SPARTANs at the nearest hangar bay, allowing them to make their escape.
The Contumacy was hidden within a complex cavern on Ogygia. The Covenant ground forces were personally by Fleet MasterDar 'Akamee. The Fleet Master and his team of zealots got to the artifact first, but the Platinum Team immediately caught up right after. At the end of a brief struggle, all of the zealots lay dead, thanks to the SPARTANs' better teamwork. Dom-094 carried the forerunner device while the SPARTANs were pursued by more Covenant forces. In the middle of the chaos, Dom-094 was separated from the team by a plasma grenade explosion. Due to the overwhelming number of Covenant forces in orbit, the rest of the Platinum Team was forced to leave their comrade behind, devastating Sam-015.
Fall of Reach
"Reach: I called this place home once, long before the Covenant glassed the surface below. It was my first and last battle there."
On August 30th, 2552, most of the remaining SPARTAN-IIs were deployed to the surface of Reach by the Pelican, Bravo 001, from the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. When Bravo 001 was crippled, the SPARTANs were forced to make high-altitude jumps. Four of the SPARTANs did not survive the landing. Upon regrouping, Fred-104 divided the SPARTANs into four splinter groups: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta; Annie-003, Rick-077, and Sam-015 were in the Beta splinter team.
Team Beta was assigned to defend Orbital Defense GeneratorFacility A-331. Annie-003, as the appointed leader of Team Beta, ordered the SPARTANs to engage the oncoming thirty-two wraiths and 260 infantry in close quarters. Although the SPARTANs broke the assault wave, another two Covenant armored divisions along with three cruisers reinforced the first wave. All SPARTANs but Sam-015 and Naomi-010 were eventually killed or severally wounded.
The UNSC Majestic was ordered by Central Command to bombard the area, but the Pelican Iron Fist arrived in time to extract the survivors; Rick-077's unconscious body was nearby at the time of the Iron Fist's arrival, allowing Sam-015 and Naomi-010 to help him onto the pelican, moments before the Majestic fired its MAC rounds onto the battlefield. The Iron Fist then took the SPARTANs to a Paris-class frigate, and Sam-015 froze Rick-077 in a cryo-chamber. With little choice, the frigate made an emergency slipspace jump in order to escape the Covenant. The resulting jump damaged the frigate, leaving it and its occupants stranded. Fortunately, no Covenant pursued, allowing the UNSC vessel's crew to make repairs unhindered. The ship was ready to return to UNSC space months after the Fall of Reach, allowing the three on-board SPARTAN-IIs to return to service, with Rick-077 receiving the proper medical attention for his "revival."
―Sam-015 and Dom-094, alluding to the Human-Covenant War
Raid on the Antillia Flood research facility
Personality and traits
Much like Kurt, Sam is unusually sociable for a SPARTAN, often finding whatever opportunities she can to make friends. When Sam was assigned to the Platinum Team, she bonded very well to her teammates and formed a particularly strong relationship with Dom-094. Although many believe the relationship to be romantic, both Sam and Dom deny any romantic love they may have for each other. Because Sam's teammates were so close to her, their apparent deaths (one of which was confirmed) towards the end of the Human-Covenant War took a toll on her emotionally, prompting her to face all future Covenant forces with utter ruthlessness. Sam's state of negative emotion, however, was lifted with the recovery of Rick-077 as well as Dom-094, restoring her to her former friendly self.
As a SPARTAN-II, Sam-015 is no doubt a very skilled soldier. In particular, she is more skilled at using grenades and weapons that possess slower-moving projectiles than her peers. As a result, she is most often tasked with supporting her allies by taking out enemy vehicles or heavier infantry such as higher-ranking elites, higher-ranking brutes, and hunters. Sam-015 is also notoriously lucky, a trait she shares with John-117, although the odds she has faced have been noticeably less overwhelming.
Throughout her career, Sam-015 has worn multiple variants of MJOLNIR powered armor, with each suit being an upgrade from the last.
Specializing in eliminating heavy targets, Sam-015 often carried an M41 SSR MAV/AW into the battlefield. As her individual weapon, Sam-015 prefers designated marksman rifles (such as the BR55 and M392) over assault rifles. Throughout much of the Human-Covenant War, Sam-015 had used a heavily customized M6G as her sidearm that was fitted with a suppressor and a muzzle brake, and loaded with M230 HEC rounds. After the war, Sam-015 instead began to use a Void's Tear as her sidearm in order to support her teammates by using its overcharged function to remove the shields of or outright kill hostile elites.