A Cold Midnight Visitor is a book by Hera Wittman. It can be found in the Royal Library in Empo Sar.
A Cold Midnight Visitor
by Hera Wittman
Around the time of the Malieran wars, there lived a
young Emposian maiden called Clover. She lived in the
town of Mirai on Aerath. Clover often had dreams.
Strange and puzzling dreams which she could rarely
make sense of. Sometimes she dreamt of her mother,
who had died near Mirai in battle with the Malierans. In
these recurring dreams, Clover could see her mother
in the distance. Though as soon as Clover took a step
towards her, her mother backed several steps away.
Clover would often try to shout to her mother.
"Mother! Mother! Please... I'm here." Sometimes her
father, sister and others would join her in the dream,
"Where are you going, mother?!"
"Please come back!"
But her mother never answered, and eventually the
echos of her own voice would deafen Clover, and she
would wake up in a cold sweat, terrified.
Until one night, exactly a year after her mother's
death. Clover drifted off to sleep and dreamt again of
her mother. But this dream was different, her mother
stood before her bathed in white light, her pretty
brown eyes seeming to sparkle.
"Clover, my darling daughter". She said softly. "Come
closer". But as Clover got closer, her mother began to
tower over her, arching her back. The warmth of her
eyes disappeared, now boring into Clover, stifling her
very soul, and she uttering a terrible scream of pain
and sadness. Clover watched in horror as her mother's
body began to age before her very eyes. Her clothes
and hair withered in the now painful glowing light, her
skin melted and ashen white bone flaked through in
places. Clover's heart broke as she realised the truth
of what her precious mother had become and what had
become of her body. She had been robbed of her care,
her warmth, her hope, her love. She had become a
The next morning, Clover came downstairs to find her
father weeping on the floor of their kitchen. She had
never seen him cry before and looking into his bleary,
tear—filled eyes, she knew he had had the same