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Michael Irving (ミハイル・アーヴィング少佐(しょうさ)), also known as Irving the Tenacious (不撓のアーヴィング), is a commissioned major with the Railway Military Police temporarily loaned to the Thors Branch Campus as Chief Instructor.

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Appearance

Michael is a tall man with lavender eyes and short blonde hair. He wears a variation of the RMP officer's uniform, consisting of their colour scheme but with a large grey and green overcoat over a black shirt and red tie. He wears white trousers and blue shoes as well as a grey-green beret. Michael uses an orbal pistol in combat, but occasionally can be seen with a four-barrelled rocket launcher.

Personality

Michael is a straight-laced devoted soldier. He is considered both professional and loyal. Despite his cold and hard exterior and dutifulness however, he does have a moral compass and sense of the right course of action when it counts.

Background

Michael Rieveldt is a son of the Vice-President of the Rieveldt Company. They were always very close to the other Rieveldt family until the accident that took the lives of Claire's father, mother and little brother. After that Claire was taken in to their family and Michael was a reliable older brother to Claire.

Claire soon discovered and exposed her uncle's scheme in which Michael's father was selling low-quality Rieveldt products as premium ones, which Claire's father had tried to stop. Following the scandal, his mother decided to drop "Rieveldt" in favor of "Irving", with Michael following suit.

Michael joined the Railway Military Police around the same time as Claire Rieveldt, whom he considers a rival at heart. Michael is very strict with Claire and that is his slightly awkward way of being concerned about his adoptive sister.

Trails of Cold Steel II

During the Erebonian Civil War, Michael lent his support to the Imperial Army and fought alongside Olivert Reise Arnor when the military was overpowered.

Trails of Cold Steel III

The real purpose behind Michael's transfer to Thors Branch Campus is twofold. First, he is to monitor the principal and former provincial army commander Aurelia Le Guin. Second, he is responsible for using the classes of the school as counter-measures against the possible actions of Ouroboros and the Jaegers, of which he possesses special intelligence.

Michael is initially very straight faced and restrictive of the Academy's activities, imposing strict discipline and making sure things are done by the book, but over the course of the story he is whittled own by the eccentric methods of his co-workers and gradually softens up. His past with Claire is gradually revealed, with Michael constantly reminding her of her duty when she drops by and her treatment of Rean as if he were a replacement for Emil. When a music box that requires all of the siblings' birthdates to open is found at the Heimdallr Rieveldt headquarters, Michael cooperates with Rean to get it open, but in the process alerting Claire who works out what they are doing. Michael decides to spend a little longer with the Rieveldt company afterwards, and seems to have changed his perspective slightly.

Michael joins the battle at the Gral of Erebos supporting the Branch Campus as they distract the opposing forces including the Main Campus, red Constellation, Stahlritter and others.

Trails of Cold Steel IV

After the Great Twilight, Michael decided to remain with the Railway Military Police and accompanied Thors Military Academy students and instructors to occupy Thors Branch Campus following the Great Twilight. Tracking down the fugitive Class VII to their meeting with Musse at the Osgiliath Basin, He had deployed railway guns to ensure that Class VII would not be able to escape. When the Pantagruel appeared, Michael quickly realized they were outnumbered and persuaded Cedric, who was leading the operation, to retreat.

Michael led Class I against Class VII at Einhel Keep, only to be defeated. He then continued to support the students rather than return to his duties. He is present at the Overture in Mishelam, where he talks with Toval Randonneur about how Aurelia Le Guin keeps forcing glass after glass on him when he prefers to take his time and enjoy the drink. On the day of the Great War and Operation: Shining Steel, Michael is present on the Courageous II and helps on the bridge.

Trails into Reverie

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Michael is planning on returning to the RMP full time after they are dangerously short staffed, but it allowed to continue as head instructor until the end of the term when a new instructor will take his place. Ash Carbide visits him in his office, where Michael comments on his growth. Michael attends the farewell for all the instructors that are leaving, including Towa and Randy.

Michael calls his sister Isara Irving about a particular matter when she is abducted whilst on the phone. Michael calls Claire urgently to help find her, which she does with help from Sharon and Sara, who track down Isara to the catacombs where she has been taken by a cloaked Emperor. Michael thanks them for bringing her to safety. Isara states she is going to take up the position of head instructor from Michael as per their conversations.

Michael and Isara accompany the Main and Branch Campuses onboard the Derfflinger and Ark Royal to the final battle against Reverse Babel. He gives the orders for the Soldats to launch.

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Character Notes

Trails of Cold Steel III

Michael Irving
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Branch Campus (Chief Instructor) / RMP
A Special Ops. Major in the RMP who also serves as the government's liaison. Aurelia's actions often cause him headaches.
Growth
Was only appointed at the branch campus to keep an eye on things, but seeing the students grow is very fulfilling to him.
Family Photo
After the accident, the Rieveldt family fell apart, but he found a picture that let him know how his parents really felt.

ミハイル・アーヴィング
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第Ⅱ分校【主任教官】/鉄道憲兵隊
鉄道憲兵隊に所属する特務少佐で、政府との連絡係も兼ねている。分校長の行動に振り回される事が多い。
指導のやり甲斐
分校の監視のために主任教官として赴任していたが、生徒達の成長っぷりに指導のやり甲斐を感じ始めた。
11年越しの家族写真
事故以来揃う事が叶わなくなったリーヴェルト家の家族写真を発見し、11年越しに両親たちの想いを知った。

Trails of Cold Steel IV

Major Michael Irving
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Thors Main Campus (Field Exercises) / RMP
An officer of the RMP and cousin to Major Claire. He was employed at Thors' branch campus as its Chief Instructor.
Tread Lightly
The stress and guilt of everything Claire has done is clearly starting to eat away at her. Michael asked Rean not to be too hard on her.
A Duty of Care
As an instructor at the branch campus and a commander at the main campus, he's made Thors ready to take on Ouroboros.

ミハイル・アーヴィング憲兵少佐
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本校【特別演習指揮官】/鉄道憲兵隊
鉄道憲兵隊に所属する憲兵少佐。第Ⅱ分校では主任教官を務めていた。クレア少佐の従兄でもある。
あいつの事を
哀しみと後悔の中仕事に徹する従妹クレア。今にも心が潰れてしまいそうな彼女の事を案じており、気にかけるようリィンに頼んだ。
教官として
分校の教官であり本校の指揮官でもあるミハイル。各教員と連絡・用意を備え、結社方面への対応も万全のようだ。

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Trails of Cold Steel III

Trails into Reverie

Trivia

  • In Dengeki PlayStation 536, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo comments that "Michael Irving is a real military man [...]". The only other appearance of the name "Irving" in the series is in Moon Door 2 of Trails in the Sky the 3rd, where General Morgan's son and daughter-in-law, Irving and Rachel, are in the final month of the pregnancy of their soon to be born child, Rianne. In Trails in the Sky FC and SC, Rianne lives with her grandparents in the City of Grancel while her parents are unmentioned. It was believed that Major Michael is the father of Rianne and thus the son of General Morgan.[3] Neither Famitsu nor the official Trails of Cold Steel III website, however, mention the name "Irving". This theory was later debunked when his true background was revealed.

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