This article is about the character. For the song of the same name, see Inside & Outside: Friends At The Table Soundtrack, Season Three.
Samol, nicknamed Sam, is a deity of Hieron. Once, nothingness flinched, and he was born. He gives his body and blood to be worked on, and all things are of him. His icon is divided into four and holds an uprooted blooming tree in one hand and a ball of fire in the other. He is an avid guitarist.
Samol is literally the continent of Hieron, and the physical state of Hieron is reflected in the state of his body. He claims to have knowledge of everything that happens in Hieron.
Samol has very dark skin (darker than Sige's), blue eyes, and a somewhat angular and androgynous build, described by Austin as "what if David Bowie was super black".
When Sige met him, Samol wore brown slacks and suspenders, a white button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a wide hat that shielded his face.
Samol also appeared during the Quiet Year in the form of a monstrous purple plesiosaur that emerged from the water around Marielda, broke through a cracked section of the wall, and went on a rampage. As the creature came onto the beach, its fins began to pick up sand which formed around them into legs, feet, and claws. Similarly, it picked up stone as it moved through the broken wall, becoming a mixture of mortar, dirt, rock and scaly flesh.
Samol can take the form of a dragon, and in this form he is known as the dragon Hieron.
People tend to personify Samol less than other gods, as he's simply seen as just being earth.
Olday is named after him.
Samol is the first "material being", born into the void when Nothing flinched. Immediately Nothing regretted Samol's existence, and from that regret, Death in the form of Tristero was born to kill Samol. However, because Tristero was also a material being, he and Samol became friends instead. From then on, Nothing would only send immaterial forces like the shadowy Word eaters and the Heat and the Dark after Samol and the other gods.
Early Hieron Edit
Seeing that the world was lonely, Samol sprung forth Severea, who in turn filled it with creatures. Seeing then that those creatures were "dumb and unable to care for themselves", Samol sprung forth Samothes to build them tools and shelter.
At some point, a particularly violent shadow slew Severea and stole her name, but subsequently became fascinated with her name and freed her shortly afterwards. As a reward for his repentance, Samol gave the shadow a body and took him in as a son, Samot. Later Samol would also grant him godhood.
Prior to the events of Marielda, Samol began to fall ill due to the effects of The Heat and the Dark, manifesting in Samol as a cancer. Knowing that the progression of the disease would eventually lead to his death and the destruction of Hieron, Samol urged his family to let him go and to find a way to live without him. However, out of sentimentality, he gave Samot and Samothes a mansion as a token to remember him by. Samol later speculates that this gift might have helped drive them apart.
During the war and the events of Marielda, Samol disapproves of his sons' actions, but acts mostly as a bystander. During The Quiet Year, he takes the form of a purple plesiosaur and destroys part of the city, killing about a hundred people, possibly as a warning against people entering the Western Wood.
Later, he recruits Sige Coleburn and asks him to help stop The Gardeners, as Samol does not approve of their attempts to expand the woods. When Sige fails, Samol offers him a new deal, asking him to stop Maelgwyn from killing Samothes. During the climax of Marielda 14: The Killing of the King-God Samothes By The Traitor Prince Maelgwyn Pt. 4, Samol again takes the form of a plesiosaur and attempts to reach the volcano, but he is too late to stop Samothes' death.
Samol does not take direct part in the events that follow Marielda, but it is clear that he has become more and more cynical and resentful of being kept alive.
Winter in Hieron Edit
In the latter half of Winter in Hieron, Hadrian, Hella, Adaire, and Lem arrive at Samol's home, the mansion that he once gave to Samot and Samothes, on an island in The Buoy. There he tells them the story of Marielda and makes food for them. He does not try to assist the party or defend himself when the Ordennans attack his home.
During one of the battles with the Ordennans, Lem plays a note with his broken violin that injures Samol further. In What Life Looks Like, Samol gives Lem his guitar to use instead. Samol's guitar is one of Hieron's five artifacts of power.
Lem later causes the house to begin flooding, and then attempts to use the guitar against the Ordennans and fails to play it, making the flooding worse. Frustrated at Lem, Samol becomes younger for a moment and angrily changes the guitar into a violin. As Forest Party is subsequently swept away by the flooding, Samol climbs to the roof of the house.
The Months of Autumn Edit
Samol tells Stornras Glasseye the story of Autumn in Hieron. When he is done speaking to Stornras, Samol gives him a sword and tells him to either kill him with it so he can finally die, or to deliver it to Lem, Fero, and Fantasmo in the mountains. Because this was recorded before Winter in Hieron there are some continuity errors here.
Severea was born of Samol, and he calls her his sister. He was deeply joyful and grateful when Samot allowed her to return to life. As of Winter in Hieron, Severea and Galenica have both spent many years leading The Grand Tour, responsible for stitching up Hieron where the Heat and the Dark has torn it apart. Samol seems to resent this process.
Samothes was born of Samol when he saw that the creatures in the world were helpless and unable to care for themselves. He is Samol's son.
Samot was taken in by Samol after he killed and then freed Severea. Samol gave him a body and later godhood. Samol considers him like a son. They seem estranged in the present day, and Samol speaks of him both affectionately and disparagingly.
Spoiler: Spring in Hieron 15:The Breath of Hieron
After Samot was injured in an attack from Ordenna, he was taken to the last university. Samol later arrived in his dragon form, and as part of an effort to heal his son, gave his power and life to Samot, killing himself in the process. His lifeforce is now within Samot, and has not fled into the Heat and the Dark.