Earlier parts here

Gnomam, still invisible, heads down the passageway followed by the rest of the group. He goes slowly checking the passage as he goes. The tunnel winds about 70 feet down into the mountain before Goman is hit my waves of heat, thickening the air and making breathing difficult. He enters slowly and using his infravision he can see little due to the hit of the room. However it does smell of dead and decaying bodies. Gnoman goes back to the others to report, where I inspire them all ready for what the cave challenges us with. We head down into the cave and by the light on James head we see. A small, bowl-shaped cavern floor littered with humanoid corpses. Rats skitter through the sea of bodies within the sunken floor, pausing occasionally to nibble at a choice morsel. A host of their brethren lie nearby on their backs, some of them still twitching with a few remnants of life. A tunnel’s opening is visible in the eastern wall of this chamber and, in the distance, the sound of rushing water can be heard.  As the rats see the light they scatter towards the walls.


Suddenly bodies rise from those on the floor and the heroes are about to be attacked by zombies. Thorn calls on Hombel to turn them away and one stands stunned while another flees. Gnoman stays invisible and waits while James and Thorn prepare to receive the slow zombies.  They soon take the head of a zombie and realise that these hold their undead life in their chests. So they start to aim at the chest and soon have taken down the three remaining zombies. We then hear a warning from Gnoman who says more are coming. Over the next 30 seconds we are hit by a total of four more zombies which are all dispatched along with three of the original four. There is just the one which ran away.


With this area cleared we all realise that our throats are burning and we are suffering from the effects of the plague. This place looks like its incubation place, we need to move on before we all fall to its quickening effects. So we enter the passageway leading deeper underground. Gnoman has to recast his invisibility due to having to defend himself from one of the zombies.  He moves quickly down the passage and then reports back.


He says that he can see a single, jagged pillar of rock lined with glowing blue-green moss emerging from the depths of a pool within the centre of the dark cavern. Water courses down its side from a font near its tip, cascading into the pool below.  The pool feeds a wide stream that flows rapidly along the length of the visible room. An eerie sense of discomfort pervades this place. There is a occupant hiding on the pillar, a large orc Gnoman thinks. In response I sing about us defeating a unknown evil to inspire the group.


James readies his bow, not something he uses often, and the thorn gets his holy mace out. Gnoman goes back in and moves left with James and the rest of us following him.  ‘So you have come for me’ grunts a orcish voice in common tongue. ‘Gahaira will give me my revenge’. Thorn casts detect magic and the water, spire and orc all show as magical. ‘ Detecting magic eh! well two can do that.’


I cast barkskin onto James and Thorn, while Torn casts Silence on the top of the spire. Torns spell goes off, just beating the Orc’s dispell which would have cleared all our support magic.  Jakk, the Orc cleric moves down the path round the spire to get under the silence effect and battle commences.


Gnoman and James both move towards the pool, Thorn drops his pack and also moves forward while Jakk comes down the path a little.

Gnoman, James and Thorn continue to move Jakk fails in a spell.

Jakk gets his Spiritual Fail off. [This is the same as Spiritual Hammer I like the idea that it looks like the deities weapon]


Gnoman, still invisible, prepares his crossbow. James starts to cast Shockwave, this will take him some time as he is wearing armour. Jakk moves his fail to hit James in the back, however it does not get past his armour..

Gnoman fires his crossbow and comes visible, he hits but it bounces off Jakk’s armour as well [he is wearing Mail and a steel helm backed by 3 points of Barkskin]  Jakk uses his fail again on James and tries to trip him.

Gnoman throws his crossbow on the ground as he enters the pool. Jakk hits James again and again tries to trip James. However this time it does slow James’s casting.


Gnoman starts to cast Charm, James continues to cast his spell. Thorn having moved around the pool transfers his slingshot bag to him hand. Jakk misses with his fail attack this time.

Gnoman casts his Charm spell but it has no effect on Jakk, whose will power is more than enough to shake it off. James manages to cast his shockwave and a booming sound fills the cavern, however the shockwave does not push Jakk back and he remains standing. Thorn moves into the pool while Jakk attacks Gnoman with his fail.

Gnoman starts to cast an Audible Illusion of a holy voice saying ‘Crease’ while James readies his bow. Torn moves up the path towards Jakk. Jakk uses his Spiritual Fail on Thorn but again it can not get past the armour.


James releases an arrow at Jakk which hits Jakk’s shield and has no more effect. Thorn attacks with his mace but Jakk parries and splashes water into Thorns eyes blinding him. Jakk drops his Spiritual Fail and uses his own fail to attack Thorn hitting his left leg but not getting past the armour.

James puts his bow away, Thorn stands trying to clear his eyes, while Jakk attacks again trying to trip him but fails to connect.

Gnoman picks up his crossbow, James draws his great sword while Thorn swings his mace wildly.


Gnoman starts to load his crossbow, James moves towards the spire entering the pool. Thorn with his eyes clear attacks Jakk, getting a good hit in which Jakk fails to parry with his shield, Thorn goes for a trip but does not manage to unfoot Jakk. Jakk uses his passion of hating dwarves and hits Thorn with his fail, however Thorn manages a parry with his shield as well.

Thorn attacks again and this time his trip works and Jakk falls off the spire into the water by James feet.


James plunges his great sword into Jakk, finishing him off, ignoring the calls from James and Gnoman not to. His lack of morals overriding his loyalty to the party.


Review of the ‘Athenian Murders’ by J C Somoza

This is a very strange book, it takes some getting into and understanding. It is set in ancient Athens and is about a murder and all the investigation of it. However it is not a classic murder mystery this one has two stories going on the one its supposed to be about and one by the supposed translator of the book. It takes a while to understand what is going on but at the end it becomes clear if you keep going. I will not spoil it by telling you how it works out, just say its a hard book to get started with but worth the effort at the end.

Review of ‘The Lost Victory’ by P Bonnecarrere

A interesting book I got in hospital and read while there. Its all about a WW2 mission to find and extract a German Jewish nuclear scientist. It goes along at a fair pace, with multiple story lines all leading together. The ending is very interesting and a bit of a surprise. It reads like a Bond story with at least one girl, as well as espionage between the USSR, the USA, UK and Germany.

A good read while lying in hospital feeling unwell.

A Place to Belong

Such a lovely thought. One we so easily forget.
Lord I thank you that I have a home and family with you, help me never to forget that.

Me Set Free


“Where are you from?” I haven’t really known how to answer this question for years, having moved house every couple of years for much of my life. Once, I lived at five addresses within the space of a year. But recently I have found answering this especially hard.

When I walked out of an abusive marriage, I had to move back in with my parents. This might seem like an ideal solution, after all, surely I would be moving to a place where I knew plenty of people. This wasn’t the case for me though. My parents had only be living in Worksop for a couple of years, and I knew no one in that town, (and had no desire to ever live there). I felt that I really didn’t belong. I had just left my marriage, the one relationship that is supposed to last a lifetime. On top…

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With the room clear of enemies the heroes look around, Thorn is tempted to search but the others persuade him that the risk of infection is to high. So they bring the pony and  Panther James old dog into the room and wedge the door shut, Thorn then takes Gnomiss with the lantern to look down the passageway and sees another door. Gnoman, still invisible, goes down the passage very slowly to the door, checking for traps etc.  He comes back after a while to tell us its all clear. James casts light on the feather on his helm and we open the door then look inside.


At first we can see little but eventually we find out more about the room.  It is a long, narrow room lined with shelves loaded with foodstuffs and supplies. Heavy burlap sacks are piled atop one another in the corners of the chamber. A few have been torn open, leaving spills of oats and flour along the floor. Several barrels stand in a cluster near the far northern wall.  Infravision allows us to see that there are some flour sacks above the door, held up by a network of ropes. We are not sure what its for but assume that they might be rigged to fall on people coming through the door. We make sure we keep away from it while Thorn and James check out the room. We can no other exit.


I suddenly see something flash past me and then turn to attack again, I however manage to jab my javelin into its head and bring it down. It seems to be a 5 foot long weasel, James says a dire weasel and asks that I do not damage the fur. Him and wanting animals furs. While this was happening Thorn finds a wire linking the flour sacks running down to the barrels.  He then looks at some of the barrels, the first one sloshes and so he pours some out into a jar. Lantern oil, he says as he smells it. Meanwhile I start to examine the weasel.


As I do it’s eyes open and it sinks its teeth into my right arm.

Gnoman behind me starts to shout,  the very large weasel looking creature continues to worry at my arm causing more injury.  James starts to run back up the room, while I try to smash it with my shield but miss and hit my own arm instead. Thorn starts to run towards me.

The weasel mangles my arm and I pass out, I later hear that James reached the creature and swung his great sword and cut the thing in half, well just about. Thorn rips the mouth open to realise its mouth from my arm.


Thorn casts a healing spell on my arm to stabilise it, however it looks like it is going to permently weakened when it eventually heals some time in the future. With me sorted Thorn believes that there are rats or something in two of the barrels. Gnoman prepares his Flaming Hands spell while James watches over Thorn. Thorn tips over a barrel and dried beef jerky falls out along with a swarm of rats, these start to climb over Thorn.

Thorn grabs for his shield, Gnoman’s spell fails and he loses memory of it. The rats scurry all over Thorn.

Thorn runs towards the flour trap, James moves to pull the cord. Gnoman starts to cast an audio illusion of hunting dogs. The rats manage to bit Thorn.

Thorn reaches the flour and James pull the cord. The sacks rip open and flour fills the door end of the room. covering nearly everyone. Gnoman finishes his spell and the sound of angry dogs fills the room. The rats flee, scurrying into bolt holes.


With flour being breathed in, we suspect that we are now all infected with the plague, even if we weren’t before. This means we have at most one day before the effects start to hit us. Leaving this room we head back to where we left the pony and dog, we clean ourselves of blood and flour and then clear the door. Leaving the pony and dog behind we move back down the passage towards the entranceway and the wagons and then down in the other direction.


This tunnel inclines down and we follow it into the darkness only lit by the light on James feather. On and on it goes and then it starts to get steeper. With the invisible Gnoman ahead we stop when he tells us that he has seen the end of the tunnel ahead.  He goes back towards the end and falls down a pit trap he has set off injuring his right leg. He climbs out and locks the trap so we can all pass, or so he says. He then enters a large cavern which is dimly illuminated by glowing blue-green lichens. It seems to be around 100 feet tall,  and a rough 100 by 70 feet rectangle, which has stalagmites protruding from the ground. Gnoman does a full circle of the walls and can see by his infravision that there is a recessed ledge to the cavern on which there are Kobold sized heat sources, as well as a exit in the far side of the cavern.


Gnoman goes back to the rest of us and explains what he has seen. We decide that we all need get to the exit and see what’s down that way without having to deal with more Kobold’s. So Thorn cats Silence on himself and we all group around and moving around the walls head to the exit. We expect that the Kobolds will be able to see our light and us so James covers it and we move by the light of the lichens. It takes a while as we move slowly but at least in is in silence. We reach the start of another descending tunnel and wonder what we will find down there.

I AM the Good Shepherd Notes for talk 22nd Oct 2017

I AM the Good Shepherd


Readings – John 10 11-21;  Ezekiel 34 1-16; Psalm 23


v        Last week Robert talked about how Jesus said that He was the gate into the sheepfold, the way into a relationship with God.


This week I am looking at the next I Am saying.


‘I AM the Good Shepherd’


Together we will look at what Jesus means by that and what it means to us.



v        What does a shepherd do?



v        What makes a good Shepherd?


Well our Ezekiel reading tells us what God sees as bad shepherds.


1 – They feed themselves rather than the sheep

“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks.

2 – they take for themselves from the sheep

 You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. 


3 –  Not caring for them

You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured.


4 – No interest in where they are or how they are living

You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost.


5 – Harsh treatment of them

Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. 

v        Jesus as the Good Shepherd


Our Shepherd will

1 – be out in the world with us. Robert spoke of us gong in and out of the fold. Jesus is with us all the tine we are out of the fold and in the world.


2 – be watching over us.  Jesus is always there watching over you as you go about your day.

He is watching you at work, play, home, with friends when shopping he watches us all the time 24/7


3 – be there to pull us out of the scrapes we get in. If we get lost or stuck He will be there to help us out.


4 – be ready to carry us home when we can no longer walk ourselves.


5 – be ready to heal the sick and injured.


6 – die instead of you, He will clean you up and present you clean and holy to the Father.


7 – care about how we live and treat each other


8 – always show us love even when we get into a mess and do things wrong.


9 – always be looking for those who have runaway and abandoned the flock.



v        Our shepherd is with us always

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.


Jesus is always there for us, he knows each of us by name and we know Him.

He walks with each of us all the time, unlike a human shepherd who can only keep an eye on his flock and can’t be with each one, Jesus is with each of us all the time.


He walks and talks with us and we can talk with Him all the time.

He is a personal shepherd, who is always encouraging us and aiding us.


Jesus did give His life for each of us, and intercedes with the Father for us all the time.



v        Jesus wants us all to be His, not just some but all. We might all be different but we are all to be one flock


We might all be different in many ways, we are made that way by the Father.


However to the Shepherd we are all part of His flock and he deals with each of us as the individuals we are.


The flock is the sum of all its parts, not just a few the black, the white and the speckled sheep are all important to Jesus.



v        So what does this mean for us?


Jesus is always with you, most often ahead of you


We do not need to fear what will be going on around us as Jesus is with us


We can explore what He wants us to do knowing that He is there to help us when we get stuck.


We need to be shepherds to each other and to others just as Christ shows us.



v        Let us Pray

John 10 New Living Translation

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

19 When he said these things, the people[c] were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” 21 Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”


Ezekiel 34 New Living Translation

The Shepherds of Israel

34 Then this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. So my sheep have been scattered without a shepherd, and they are easy prey for any wild animal. They have wandered through all the mountains and all the hills, across the face of the earth, yet no one has gone to search for them.

“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, you abandoned my flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal. And though you were my shepherds, you didn’t search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. 10 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.

The Good Shepherd

11 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search and find my sheep. 12 I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day. 13 I will bring them back home to their own land of Israel from among the peoples and nations. I will feed them on the mountains of Israel and by the rivers and in all the places where people live. 14 Yes, I will give them good pastureland on the high hills of Israel. There they will lie down in pleasant places and feed in the lush pastures of the hills. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice!


Cobwebs in the Fog

Very taken by the wonderful shapes of the cobwebs as shown by this mornings fog. So took a few pictures to share.