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The Nagelring
The Nagelring academy logo
The Nagelring academy logo
Academy Information
Location Tharkad
Founding Year Star League era
Course Information
BattleMech ca. 2570-3079[1]
Aerospace Unknown-3079[1]
Armor Unknown-3079[1]
Battle Armor Unknown-3079[1]
Infantry Unknown-3079[1]
Spacecraft Unknown-3079[1]
Artillery Unknown-3079[1]
Technician Unknown-3079[1]
Specialist Unknown-3079[1]

The Nagelring academy logo

Originally an SLDF academy, the Nagelring is the premier military Academy in the Lyran Commonwealth/Lyran Alliance, named after the sword of an ancient German folk-hero.


Once an SLDF academy, much of the original faculty stayed on after Operation EXODUS. The academy's sprawling park-like facilities are located on the continent of Bremen on Tharkad and offer recruits courses for a multitude of military occupations, as well as civilian courses including chemistry and literature. Unlike other military academies within Lyran territory, students wear a gray uniform with a sky-blue trim, and the school rag is blue[2][3]

The Nagelring suffered extensive damage during the Word of Blake invasion and occupation of the Lyran capital during the Jihad, but thanks to both its location and position in the military training hierarchy, the campus was rebuilt.[4] Back in operation as of 3085, the rebuilt Nagelring's class sizes were much smaller than those prior to the Jihad, but in one respect the facility was unchanged, still producing officers that heavily relied on social status rather than skill in the field for upward mobility in LCAF.[5]

Notable graduates include Victor Steiner-Davion[6], Morgan Kell, Peter Steiner-Davion, and Aleksandr Kerensky.[7] Phelan Kell also attended but did not graduate.


Entrance into the academy is extremely difficult, and a social split exists between noble and non-noble students. This division, apparent during the era of the LCAF and renewed since the rise of Katherine Steiner-Davion, has perpetuated the idea that Lyran officers are more social creatures than martial. Although officially not tolerated, some within the academy perpetuate this rivalry in the hopes of building character in the students.[3]


Military courses offered by the Nagelring include; BattleMech, Aerospace, Armor, Battle Armor, Infantry, Spacecraft, Artillery, Technician, Specialist. [1] The Nagelring also formed a training battalion in 3067 as the LAAF attempted to recoup its losses from the FedCom Civil War. The unit was a combined-arms battalion that was outfitted primarily through private donations rather than more typical routes, and therefore reflected old-school Lyran combat biases, with no light 'Mechs at all and an average mass of 65 tons. The unit, slated to officially begin operating in January 3068, was still assembling when the Jihad hit. [8] The unit was not listed among the cohesive units fighting on Tharkad, and any survivors were likely folded into either the Royal Guards or 24th Lyran Guards.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 26 "Tharkad - Nagelring"
  2. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 109-110
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 39-40
  4. Field Report: LAAF, p. 5 "Logistical Status - Academies and Command Centers"
  5. Field Manual: 3085, p. 96 "Martial Training Centers"
  6. Lethal Heritage
  7. The Star League, p. 68
  8. Field Manual: Updates p. 174
  9. Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad p. 6