THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE


The Way, the Truth & the Life

No. 2 in our short series

‘Preparing for the Coming of the
Spirit’ –

You will find the recorded version of this talk here on Ascension’s web site for the next 2 months

I want us to be listening to how the Spirit is speaking to us about how we should be living in the Spirit today. Particularly as we come to pray over Ascension – Pentecost that people may come to know Jesus (as called by the Archbishop)

Readings, John 14.1-14.                       1 Peter 2.2-10

  • I Am the Way the Truth and the Life.

 

Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

 

I spoke about Thomas a few weeks back.

He asked questions when he didn’t understand.

 

To many that is not only a bold statement but one which ignores all other options. Jesus goes on to say that He and God are one, another very bold statement. Both are at the centre of Christian belief, One God Father, Son and Spirit.

Not three gods or multiple gods of which Jesus is one, but only one God which Jesus is. Jesus is God come down as man to show us God, how He thinks, how He acts and what His nature is.

” Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”. If this is true then we have to respond to it in some way.

 

How do you respond to this statement from Jesus?

 

Jesus also said

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

 

But Thomas like many didn’t understand

He had no idea what Jesus mean by trust in God.

Or what the Fathers home was.

What needed to be ready, where was this place?

 

Can you answer these questions?

 

  • Trust in God and Jesus [no other Gods but me]

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

 

I AM was the name God used to Moses in Exodus.

The one and only God, there are no others but Me I Am God.

 

So here Jesus is saying that He is the same God as scripture shows. The same God as met Moses.

Therefore Jesus is saying He is God and if you have trusted God you can trust me.

If you trust me you can trust God.

 

God brought His people out of slavery to a new home,

I Am is doing the same for you but this time the new Kingdom is not of this world.

 

His Spirit, the Spirit of God, will be there to show us the way to this kingdom and how to live as if we are already there.

 

  • Seeing God the Father through Jesus [Jesus shows us the Father, the Father is like Jesus]

 

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

 

Philip wants to see God the Father, seeing God will satisfy him.

I doubt he is alone in this, many want to see God.

 

 

9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?

10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

 

Jesus also said in John 10 30 ‘The Father and I are one’

 

Jesus is sure that seeing Him is the same as seeing the Father.

Looking at what Jesus did and how He acted shows us how the Father acts and what He wants doing.

 

We can know God though Jesus, they are the same.

 

  • We are the living priests of God, through Jesus, God’s people [we are to reflect God as Jesus did]

 

If we are following Jesus, living the way and the truth, we will reflect Him in our Life into the world around us, just as a priest would.

 

Priests back then where thought of as an extension of God, showing and telling the people what God wanted. Performing sacrifices.

 

1 Peter 2

4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.[a] Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

 

 

John 14

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

 

As the new temple, which is made of those who follow Jesus, build on Jesus the cornerstone.

We are all to act like priests, offering sacrifices to God the Father.

 

Not animal sacrifices but sacrifices of our own body. Giving ourselves to Follow Jesus and His ways.

Doing the things Jesus did.

 

Healing the sick.

Blessing the poor and outcasts.

Looking after the orphan and widow.

Loving others as much as we love ourselves.

 

Priests are supposed to act like the god they follow, they show god to the world and people around them in their life.

Doing the same things as Jesus, God on earth, did.

 

1 Peter 2 9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[g] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

 

This we can only do when filled and powered by His Spirit.

 

 

  • We who trust will never be disgraced, abandoned

[Jesus was not abandoned neither will we be]

 

1 Peter 2

. 6 As the Scriptures say,

“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,[b]
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”[c]

 

Isaiah 28

16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,[d]
a firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
Whoever believes need never be shaken.

 

Both Isaiah and Peter tell us that those who trust in the Cornerstone, that is Jesus will not be shaken or disgraced.

Jesus followers will not be abandoned just as Jesus was not abandoned by the Father during His time on earth.

 

Deuteronomy 7

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

 

God chose His people,

First Adam and Eve.

Then Abram, then Jacob and Joseph.

Then the 12 tribes through Moses.

Now He choices each of us through Jesus.

 

 

We are chosen adopted as His Holy people.

Or as Clare put it last week we are His sheep and He is our Shepherd.

He knows each of us by name and will look after us.

 

We will be filled with His Spirit and guided by His Spirit.

 

1 Peter 2 10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”

 

As far as God is concerned only those who follow His path are a People all others are a non People.

 

Deuteronomy 32

21 They have roused my jealousy by worshiping things that are not God;
they have provoked my anger with their useless idols.
Now I will rouse their jealousy through people who are not even a people;
I will provoke their anger through the foolish Gentiles.

 

 

  • We stumble because we do not obey [we ignore or disobey God and the right way of living]

 

However those who do not trust in Jesus who do not follow the true way to eternal life, will stumble.

 

This is because we do not

1 Peter 2

They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.

 

That fate is judgment.

 

The only answer to judgment is Jesus the rock the cornerstone because He is ‘ the Way the Truth and the Life’.

 

 

  • Lets put this together

 

To reach God many think they need to build up on their own endeavors just like those who built the tower of Babel.

However If Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life He is the cornerstone of our lives.

The cornerstone of the temple.

We are the temple of God, His priests.

So we need to fit our lives onto the corner stone.

The temple is built upon Christ.

We the building blocks of the temple, Gods priests, we come in many different sizes and shapes but we all fit together around the corner stone.

 

Building Gods temple, His people on and around the cornerstone of Christ, Gods word.

 

Many stumble because they are trying to build their lives on their own foundation rather than the cornerstone the foundation God supplied.

They want to reach God their way, under their own way of living, under their own rules.

 

Jesus has not left this open to us.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

 

Only by building our lives on the cornerstone can we know the way

Only by accepting the truth that a building has strength when build around the cornerstone can we have Live.

A building fails unless built on a cornerstone.

So instead of God being up high and us trying to reach Him, He is at the bottom holding us all together.

He is the Rock which binds us together.

 

Lets Pray.

 

 

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

 

 

 

 

 

Notice Sheet piece 

 “I am the way, the truth, and the life”

 

‘The New Testament does not say, “You shall know the rules, and by them you shall be bound”, but “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.’ [1]

Truth is under threat today. Post-modern culture is suspicious of claims to absolute truth. Just look at some recent elections and how Fake News is rife. Truth is what feels right to me – truth is what I make it! Subjective approaches to truth are not new, however. In Jesus’ day, religious leaders read Scripture diligently for truth yet rejected Jesus outright. To their minds a blasphemous Sabbath-breaker could not possibly be the Son of God. Truth was what they made it. Ironically, they were more likely to accept self-styled messiahs who fitted in with their thinking.

This week we are looking at Jesus Claim “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. ” [2] To many that is not only a bold statement but one which ignores all other options. Jesus goes on to say that He and God are one, another very bold statement. Both are at the centre of Christian belief, One God Father, Son and Spirit. Not three gods or multiple gods of which Jesus is one, but only one God which Jesus is. Jesus is God come down as man to show us God, how He thinks, how He acts and what His nature is. ” Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” [3]. If this is true then we have to respond to it in some way. How do you respond to this statement from Jesus?

 

[1] John Baillie, in Living Quotations for Christians, Hodder, 1974

[2] John 14:6

[3] John 14:9b

 

 

 

 

John 14.1-14

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

 

 

1 Peter 2:2-10

2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

Living Stones for God’s House

4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.[a] Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6 As the Scriptures say,

“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,[b]
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”[c]

7 Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him.[d] But for those who reject him,

“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”[e]

8 And,

“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”[f]

They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.

9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[g] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”

 

The Stories of Errath the Bard Chapter 2 Part 6


Part 6

Earlier parts here

 With poor Gnoman unable to see and Thorn needing to rest and pray it was decided that we would rest here in the room with stone beds, which we can use. First we jammed the door shut with some of the iron spikes we picked up earlier. We then slept lightly for the next six hours, we left the still invisible Gnoman on hearing guard with Panther.  We wake later and have a small meal and then leaving Gnoman and Panther behind we head back into the next room. James and Thorn soon find the secret door and I check for traps. I then open it while carrying some holy water just in case.

 

The door opens into a long snaking narrow natural passage leading downwards. Thorn enters first followed by me and the James at the rear. The passage is lined with vines and flowers which seem to like the dark. After a while we notice a flickering light ahead and faint birdsong. This is odd we think just as the walls and ceiling fall in onto us. Thorn and James seem to avoid being hit by the earth and rocks but I was not so lucky, and end up pinned by my chest and right arm with both areas taking damage from the crushing effect of the rocks. Thorn and James set to digging me out I then lose track of what is going on. Later they tell me that they where shot at or rather James was shot at but all the darts bounced off his armour. The armour may make a less effective mage however it does keep him alive.  They never find out where the darts come from and after digging me out they carry me on down the passage as I sing to encourage them and  myself.

 

After a while we reach a underground grove, however due to a vow we made I can not tell you much about what happened there and after. What I can say is that James and Thorn defeated some half orc’s and got found a letter for Lady Moonsong. [buy the adventure if you want to know what happens here] Some hours later we are all back in the Alter room, Gnoman is visible again now. We have bits of this area to still explore so do so.

 

We end up in a odd room with a grooved circle in the floor, we end up putting oil into this and lighting it. We find another secret door and after I have checked it out we enter another room. This one has a fancy fountain in it. Each of us drink of the water to refreshen ourselves and then we head back to the entrance way. We have done all we can here and need to decide on our next steps.

Do we go back and tell Lady Moonsong we failed and give her the letter or what?

A few Canal Photos


Had a brief walk on the Canal today here are a few photos

People of the Story Thomas and Faith – notes for Talk on Sunday 23rd April 2017


People of the Story

Thomas and Faith

Readings – John 20 19-29(page 828) & 1 Peter 1 3-9

Audio of talk here for a while

  • You have to like the story of Thomas.

John 11  (page 820)

14 So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”

16 Thomas, nicknamed the Twin,[c] said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too-and die with Jesus.”

 

He didn’t really fully grasp what Jesus was saying about Lazarus however he was eager.

How often can that be said of many of us?

 

John 14(page 823)

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

 

A bit of honest questioning and honesty about not understanding at all.

Which Jesus answers. the glorious reply ‘I am the way and the truth and the life’ (John 14:5,6)

 

So Thomas queries Jesus answers.

 

Now, in our reading today, he is wondering if what his friends say is true.

Have they really seen Jesus?

How you you respond to someone telling you they had seen Jesus?

 

  • Often when I hear about the things people are experiencing with God I doubt it.

 

Why I ask later do I not believe?

 

But than the same question can also be asked about why others do not believe my story of my journey with Jesus.

 

It is part of us to doubt what we did not see or we do not understand.

Was Thomas acting any differently to any of us?

Would we say that we doubted or just that we had questions?

 

Thomas like many of us who follow Jesus had a chequered relationship with Jesus.

First he was full of enthusiasm and wanted to go and die with Jesus.

Then he just did not understand what Jesus was saying or doing at all.

Now he can not connect what has happened to what Jesus had said would so doesn’t believe the others. It is not that he has given up after all he is there with them he just can’t believe that Jesus would only show himself to some.

 

  • So just like us Thomas wanted a little more proof.

He wanted to follow Jesus but often got it wrong.

So very much like me and maybe you. We want to understand we want to go the way of Jesus but often find it confusing and we do not understand.

 

  • But great news.

What happened after Thomas said he needed more proof?

 

Yes Jesus came back again and gave him what he needed.

When I came to faith it was because Jesus showed me what I needed to see.

 

I believe that is one of the points of this story, Jesus will help us to believe if we ask Him.

With no condemnation about asking either.

 

  • Peter says that faith needs to be tested, Thomas’s was here and mine is often, as I expect yours is.

 

1 Peter 1  7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

 

It wasn’t that Thomas didn’t still believe in Christ he just needed a little more revealed, after all the others had had it.

 

However he did pass this test

28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

 

  • Faith struggles

David Bracewell, said in my bible study this week
You and I are amongst those who Jesus called ‘blessed’ because we have believed without seeing. But sometimes it feels a bit of a struggle, and we long for a sign, some certainty. If that is how you are feeling now, bring your doubts into the open without shame or excuse.

You may long for certainty but ‘dead certainty’ brings brittle belief that tends to crumble at the first serious challenge. By contrast, honest doubt explored with integrity will lead us into a deeper faith that will stand the test of time. Can you say: ‘My Lord and my God’? That is more than enough!

  • Trusting in Jesus brings Salvation

Thomas trusted Jesus even if he needed some more information, this trust brought him Salvation.

 

Each of those encounters with Jesus brought transformation to Thomas.

Just as encountering Jesus changed me and many others.

You to can have that transformation by engaging with Jesus.

This transformation is known as being Born Again.

 

Being Born Again requires Being filled with the Spirit, receiving our inheritance, and therefore Eternal Life.

 

  • So if you want these things and are not sure you fully understand Jesus, or have meet with Him take this opportunity to ask Jesus what you need to believe.

Ask the Father the question you are struggling with.

Spend time listening to the Spirit of God as He answers you.

Remember it was a week later that Thomas got his answer it might be even longer for you or not.

Just be open to receiving the answer.

 

 

  • Let us pray

 

 

 

John 20:19-29New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 That Sunday evening[a] the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),[b] was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

 

 

 

1 Peter 1:3-9New Living Translation (NLT)

The Hope of Eternal Life

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance-an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

6 So be truly glad.[a] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

 

 

The Stories of Errath the Bard Chapter 2 Part 5


Part 5

 Earlier parts here

 With Gnoman bleeding out from his mangled arm Thorn calls on his deity to stop the bleeding and stabilize the wound, while James gives Gnoman a dry apple piece to boost his lost fatigue.  I start to use my healing skills to sow up the bits and cuts on Gnomans arm so he can start the long road to recovery. After spending time doing that I play my maracas and sing to inspire Thorn as he tried to cast Cure Mayor Wounds from his scroll. this is not easy as this divine effect is two levels above him. However his god smiles warmly on him and the scroll works restoring Gnomans arm as well as unexpectedly healing the other small wounds he has as well. James then casts the cantrip repair on to Gnomans clothes to repair the battle damage. Gnoman then eats different bits of dry fruit from each of us to restore his lost energy levels.

 

With Gnoman fit and hale again we look around this room, it is around medium sized and has a domed ceiling with a starry night scene on it. It has a stone bed table chairs with a smouldering fire surrounded by a pile of animal skins and bones.   Thorn wonders where the crossbow fire came from and James says maybe a whereat was here as he would have the rates in company.  So thorn is weary and trying to see hear any invisible movement. As the rest of us search we find a compartment which has a pouch, a staff and a rolled up paper. We also find a partially empty box of barbed crossbow bolts, a half full wineskin and a map of the woods, amongst the camp.

 

Thorn casts detect magic on the items and the scroll as well as the staff respond with the paper seeming to be divine magic. Gnoman grabs the pouch and finds some mushrooms in it. I read the scroll and find its a protection spell and put in it my pack. James and I look at the mushrooms and decide what they are. I know the bardic story of ‘The Druid and the Yellow Mushrooms’. This story tells of a young training druid who struggled to be as good as other trainees, when he asked them why they did better than him they told him about the yellow mushrooms they ate. As they laughed behind his back he went off and found said mushrooms and started eating them. However although they gave him a better dream time it only made his training worse due to lack of good sleep. It seems Yellow mushrooms have uses but not for spell casting. Gnoman puts his away for now.

 

With this area checked and no way out other than rat holes we head back the way we came and to check on our mule collect some rations and put the staff, which appears to have iron around parts of it, onto it. However when we get there we are surprised to see it coped up in a bloody mess. I look at the wounds and decide that they where inflected by a two handed sword like James has. I also find some large boot prints in the blood. We all wonder if this was from the rat but doubt that he used such a big weapon or was that large and anyway their are two sets of prints. So the idea that maybe it is Brigid, my enemy, sending some controlled half orcs after me again.  However as they is no sign of them around we can do nothing about it at the moment. The rations are still on the carcass even if it looks like some has been taken. We eat some rations before we go back into the hill, James is concerned about having to go deeper.

 

Going back to the room with the alter we take one of the passages behind the drapes. This lead us into a snaking narrow natural tunnel going down and deeper all the time. It smells of musty soil. Gnoman has decided going invisible will protect him from attack so we can not see him ahead, we follow slowly with me holding up my shield with the glowing sickle on it to light our way.  Ahead we see a door and stop, after a few moments Gnoman speaks to us and says the door has a prayer in old common carved into it. He repeats the prayer to us and then goes to check the door. He is back a while later. I can not see he says everything has gone black on top of that the door is stuck and will need some strength to open.  Thorn casts his detect magic and it shows a magic trap right in front of the door. We wonder if it will reset and then remember the prayer. Telling poor Gnoman to wait here we all negotiate the trap and push the door open. Behind the door is a room with stone beds with various things around them and a bell hanging from the ceiling.  There appears to be a archway on the other side by a skeleton. However we are not given long to look before we see three undead moving towards us. Thorn grabs his hols symbol and calls on Hombel, the undead flee from his aura. While they run through the archway we prepare for their return. After a minute they return and the three of us lined up hack them down. I used my druid abilities to make my club magical to make sure it had an effect on them.

 

With the undead dealt with James examined the skeleton and found a sliver dagger, which he gave to Thorn to look at. Thorn likes good metal items and was hard pushed to give it back again. We get Gnoman into the room and then head through the arch. This leads into another room which smells badly of decay, also unlike the rest of the area it has a earthen floor. I try to talk but find that no sound comes out, so I get the others attention and beckon them out. Once out of the area we can talk and James tells us of having found distrubed ground by the wall which would indicate a door hidden there.

Look beyond


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The Stories of Errath the Bard Chapter 2 Part 4


Part 4

 Earlier parts here

 With the way clear the others search the room, I am still feeling a little off. This seems to have been once a well-stocked storeroom. Narrow, shelved alcoves in the south, west, and north walls hold a collection of items, including: a bottle of wine (1 quart), 6 iron spikes, 12 wooden stakes, a small, empty, iron box, a leather scroll case, a bottle of ink (2 oz.), 18 buds of garlic, a mouldy bedroll, basic lantern, 8 sprigs of wolfsbane, 1 sprig of belladonna, a ½ pound of cheese, a sack of apples, 3 vials of water, a large ball of black string, a leather cloak, and a leather pouch; a sundry of other items lie scattered over a stone table in the middle of the room. Gnoman looks for traps on the scroll case, which he says there aren’t, while James looks for hair on the cloak, he finds one, but it is not the sliver grey, of Elyon, he was looking for. Thorn casts detect magic and finds that the room and the water are magical. That makes the water holy he says.  We take the Belladonna, Garlic, Wolfsbane, Holy Water vials, rations, scroll case and stakes as all will we hope be useful.

 

Thorn then goes and checks out the mouldy bedroll, as he picks it up he quickly drop it and jumps back. It is full of bugs and flees. With the room full of flees we quickly look for any other ways out and finding none head back to the main entry room with the pillars. As we go we wonder about the gnolls and whether they had turned this into a base and something had happened to them. We wonder what this might mean for Elyon and for us.

 

We then go to check out the smelly room. This room has partially collapsed and is covered with dust and mouldy reeds on the floor. The sinkhole in the room has a random clicking sound coming from it so we leave this ruined room alone and head back into the main room. James goes to check on the mule and give it some apples.

 

Now we know there is a secret door here but how are we to open it. Thorn tries out various ideas until one works and the door grinds open.  Thorn then uses his hammer to knock a couple of iron spikes to stop it closing.  As we enter the short corridor and then the room ahead we can not see much. However we do not get far before being attacked by more undead. Thorn was obviously really blessed as all four undead disappear in a flash of fire as he calls on Hombel. That was easier than last time I think. We slowly move around the edge of this room and it turns out to be 45×35 feet roughly with a repeating motif carved into the walls. In the centre of the room is a large granite alter with the same pictograms as the pillar in the grove. Also under the dust on the alter is a glowing object along with a couple of other items.

 

James casts Clean on the alter and removes all the dust and cobwebs, revealing a glowing sickle, a bronze crown and a wooden cup. As I take these holy druid items, putting the crown on over my helm and seeing just how much light the sickle cats, the others look around. They find three other ways out of this room, two hidden and one secret, the group decide to explore the secret door first. We manage to get the door open and enter dark corridor. With Gnoman going ahead checking for traps etc we reach a closed door. Once he has checked it Gnoman swings the door open and enters through it.

 

Twang, Gnoman recognises the sound of a crossbow going off and moves quickly, the bolt hits Thorns shield instead.  Then with a loud squeaking sound Gnoman is swarmed by rats.

Over the next 20 seconds poor Gnoman has his left arm badly gnawed by a rat which has grabbed hold of him. Thorn uses his large shield to protect himself but still ends up with a rat trying to eat his head through his helm, however his mace crushes many. James uses his big sword as a thrusting weapon trying to spear rats off off Thron and Gnoman. While this is happening another crossbow bolt hits Thorns shield, traps seem to be common here. Eventually we clear the area of rats, breath deeply from the exhaustion of the fight.