Sam to his officers, Samuel to his subbordinants, and Sammy to his drinking partners, is a tough as nails soldier. He has the constitution of a bull, as well as the social graces, but has managed to think his way out of tough spots on more than one occasion. He arms himself with scaled armor, bastard sword, and shield.
Sam is a man of vice- well, as much as a man in his position can be. He goes out of his way to find reminders of civilized life to have brought to him at the Wall, and he's not one prone to sharing them. Some of the men grumble about his abuse of rank, while others turn a blind eye whenever he breaks procedure.