|Chapter 2: Past Perfect|
|Future Perfect: Chao Lingshen's Tale chapter|
|Focus Character||Chao Lingshen|
|Place||Lifestream, Mahora Academy|
- "Trust your heart to know when and where your destiny will guide your hand. Farewell, Chao Lingshen. Remember always, that you possess the heart of a Hero."
- —Yochi no Kouken
Chao is welcome into the past, drifting through the Lifestream to 600 years before her time. She awakens to find none of the Marines she remember there. Instead, she is welcomed into the past by the Yochi no Kouken, who explains when Chao is. Shocked, Chao is reassured by the Yochi no Kouken that she has the heart of a hero and is bid farewell.
Two years later, Chao is enrolled at Mahora Academy, introduced to class 1-A by Takamichi Takahata. There she meets the ancestors of all the Marines that died protecting her, Kazumi Asakura, Yuuna Akashi, Ayaka Yukihiro, Nodoka Miyazaki, Haruna Saotome, Kazumi Asakura, Madoka Kugimiya, Satomi Hakase, Chisame Hasegawa, Yue Ayase, and Fuka and Fumika Narutaki. She flees, surrounded by faces that look all too familiar.
Atop the roof of Mahora Academy, she stares out to the World Tree and realizes that it was only through magic that Akira Miyazaki was able to kill the Elite that had been first facing them down upon the Athens. She realizes that if she were to reveal magic to the world now, 600 years in the past, any resulting turmoil that would happen would be well and done with by the time the Covenant discover humanity.
She swears to do so, making it her destiny.
- Akira Miyazaki (Mentioned only)
- Anton Ayase (Mentioned only)
- Ayaka Yukihiro
- Chao Lingshen
- Dave Akashi (Mentioned only)
- Johannes Kugimiya (Mentioned only)
- John-117 (Mentioned only)
- Kano Narutaki (Mentioned only)
- Kazumi Asakura
- Madoka Kugimiya
- Masaru Hasegawa (Mentioned only)
- Negi Springfield (Mentioned only)
- Satoshi Asakura (Mentioned only)
- Satoshi Saotome (Mentioned only)
- Takamichi Takahata
- Takumi Yukihiro (Mentioned only)
- Yochi no Kouken
- Yuuna Akashi