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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.


Michael is a straight-laced devoted soldier. He is considered both professional and loyal.

He was born as Michael Rieveldt, but assumed his mother's last name after his father was exposed in a scandal.


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.

Trails of Cold Steel IV

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. 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 to retreat.

Michael led Class I against Class VII at Einhel Keep, only to be defeated. He continued to support the students rather than return to his duties.

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.
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.

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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.

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Trails of Cold Steel III

Hajimari no Kiseki


  • 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 is 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".


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