The Odyssey of BARYPOS of TEGEA Chapter 6 Part 5


 Part 5  Chaos

 

The guide, Megisthus, and Zeno decide to camp and allow time to rest and heal from the day’s activities. We move one mile from the area of blood and bodies to avoid having hyenas attack the camp.  The two Egyptian slaves look after the animals, while we look after each other. Archi and Zeno both examine the note to see if they recognise the handwriting; neither of them do although we all suspect that it is Zorba Jason’s enemy and Archi’s cousin. Jason says that is the type of thing he would do, while Archi does not believe a family member would act so. We also bury the dead in 8 graves with Telamon resting as advised by Dr Archi. Archi, myself and Jason takes turns as night guard.  As dark starts to fall with Archi on guard we hear the roar of lions in the distance. Then sometime later the lions approach the dead and start to feed, we hear there roaring all night.

 

The next two days are full of heat, sand and discomfort, travelling a desert is no fun and all for two slivers a day.

On day 6 of the trip we come across the scene of a fight. A group seem to have attacked a camp. The camp shows signs of camels and Greek food. There are 6 new graves around the camp site area. Jason scouts around and finds some Egyptian arrows, not quite the same as the ones used against them before but close. We open all the graves, a gruesome job but we need to know what happened. We find 4 Egyptian and 2 Greek bodies. They all look about one to two days dead. Archi looks for any evidence on the bodies or around the camp of a healer being at work, he finds no signs. It looks like the camp was here for two days and they left heading the way we are going a day ahead of us. We refill the graves leaving the coins on the Greeks eyes and then move on camping at the end of the day. AT least Zorba is down at least two men so has only four with him now.

 

The next three days are all much the same, hot sandy unpleasant days and cold sandy unpleasant nights. We keep up a guard and Telamon joins in as he feels he can cope with the pain from his lost arm. The arm will heal eventually but it will take a long time and never be much use to him.  We talk about Archi making something to replace his lost forearm or finding a very powerful healer, both very unlikely.

 

Night of day 9, Telamon is on guard duty on a cloudy night with some starlight when he hears a noise, something moving out of sight in the desert. He knows this sound they heard it on the island last year a giant scorpion is coming their way. He wakes the others and they get ready near the fire with the camels and slaves on their right side. They see the monster scorpion at around 25 meters, Telamon is to the left of the fire and Archi to the right then Jason is behind and to the left of Telamon Zeno is behind Telamon to hand him Akons while Megishus, the guide, is behind the fire and I am behind Archi then off to the right is the camel park.

 

Archi prepares his belly-bow; Jason, who hates chaos, releases an arrow which sticks into its thorax. The scorpion charges at Barypos who quickly sets his spear to receive the charge [a luck point] and as the stinger and the spear have the same reach they hit each other simultaneously. Barypos’s spear catches the fore right leg and removes it [Critical hit, ignore armour and max damage]. The scorpions stinger hits Barypos in the head, again he was lucky [used luck point to reroll damage] and the helmet turned most of the damage. However the sting did reach his flesh and injected its venom. Barypos then rammed his spear into the thorax of the beast killing it and starts singing a Epinikia in victory.  So Barypos the scorpion slayer has a cut on his head of no concern and the venom seemed to have no ill effect on him.  A victory over chaos indeed, Archi opens up the scorpion to see what it looks like inside, he is a seeker of knowledge after all. The result is that we have scorpion leg meat for breakfast that is all except Jason who refuses to eat chaos.

 

Next day the tenth of our journey Megishus tells us that he can see the rocky area with the pyramid on ahead. Sometime later we can make out a camp at its foot, Jason goes stealthily forward to have a look. Once at around 100 meters he can see a small camp at the foot of the rocks near a pool of water feed from a stream coming down the rocky outcrop. The camp has 5 tents, 10 camels and he counts at least 7 people three of which he thinks are slaves. He comes back and tells us what he saw. We then spend quite a time discussing our options, which come down to kill Zorba or talk.

 

Jason doesn’t trust Zorbia one bit whereas Zeno wants to talk believing in the power of words and Archi does not want to kill a relative. Archi and Zeno end up having a loud disagreement over that as Archi says he has learnt that words do not always work.  Jason uses this disagreement to end up convincing the whole group of his point of view and so an attack is planned. [Odd how often players decide to fight no matter the risks]

 

We arm up and sneak forward, Jason to within 60m and the rest of us 20m behind him. The guard see or hears us and shouts as Jason puts an arrow into his left arm dropping him. Later we find him dead as it was a serious injury.

Archi, Jason, Telamon and Barypos all jog forward as Zorba, we assume, calls his men to hide, while Telamon uses his authority to taunt them. They do not suddenly charge us. Jason then stops and loads his bow while we all walk forward Jason and Barypos both see a man hiding around the tents.

 

Archi uses his sling on the man he saw and hits his left leg stunning him, Jason misses with his shot.

As Archi and Jason load Zorba loses it and charges towards us. Telamon throws his Akon as he comes into range but misses, mainly due to his closing speed. I also throw and also miss.

Zorba hits Barypos in the head with his spear; as Barypos draws his kopis.

 

Archi continues to load his sling while Jason fires at another of Zorbas men killing outright. Zorbia. Spear attack is parried by Barypos, Telamon draws his heavy cavalry sword.

Archi uses his sling again killing another of Zorbia.s men while Jason swaps his bow for his dagger. Zorba stabs barypos in the head again this time knocking him out with a serious wound. Telamon swings his sword but Zorba parries it.

Archi swaps to his dagger, as Jason moves behind Zorba.

 

Archi moves to the side of Zorba, who now has Telamon in front and Jason behind. Jason stabs Zorba in his left leg leaving his dagger in while holding onto it. Zorba attacks Telamon who manages an amassing parry tripping Zorba with it. Telamon slashes with his sword but fails to have any effect he is tiring.

Archi hits Zorba in the back impaling his dagger as well, however as Zorba fell Jason lost his grip on his dagger. Zorba stands.

Jason hits Zorba with his shield knocking him to the ground again, but he just rolls back to his feet again.

 

Archi tries to twist and pull his dagger out but isn’t strong enough while Jason uses his shield again to no effect. Zorba jabs at Telamon and misses due in main to the daggers in his body. Telamon swings wildly again.

Archci pulls his dagger out this time and the pain knocks Zorba out.

 

Combat is over. Zorba is down but alive, three of his men are dead the last guard is stunned with a bad leg. Eumenes and the three slaves are unharmed.  Archi tries his healing skills on Barypos to no effect leaving him unconscious with his head wound, while we round up our prisoners.

 

Earlier parts of the story can be found here 

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How to Talk Science and God by David Jeans


This booklet is part of the Grove series on Mission and Evangelism, it is also written by the person who was principal of Church Army College while I was in training there.

Subtitled Biblical perspectives on the Big Questions of Life and the Universe. and the is what the booklet does. It looks at the principles of the challenge between science and faith, and how to engage in said discussions. to looking at the issue of life elsewhere.

In its 27 pages it covers a lot and leaves you thinking about the issues. David is a man of faith who was also a science teacher and so has had to work through how the two work together. They do work together, both are looking at different parts of the same whole. Science looks at how things are and faith looks at why they are.

A good starter to the subject and worth reading.

The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis


Although this is the second book of Lindsey’s I have read, first one here, it is the first in her run of books on investigations in Rome. As it was the first I can forgive the fact that I found some of it quite boring, however it was an interesting story line and I enjoyed reading it. The story goes from Rome to Britain and back again looking for the reason a young lady died. There are some interesting twists and turns in it. It also like the other book shows up the political dynamics in Rome and how it affected all strands of life. You can even see links to how USA politics work.

The Odyssey of BARYPOS of TEGEA Chapter 6 Part 4


Part 4

Encounter in the desert

Telamon loses part of his divine soul to Hades as Hades does what they wanted, receiving all the dead on the island. Outside all the dead bodies collapse to the ground as their souls leave them. However Hades also needs Telamon to do jobs for Thanatos, god of harsh death. Thantos wants to make sure that certain people die in particular those who have managed to avoid death so far. Each job Telamon does will give him back some of his divine soul. The first job he is given is killing Abas the Silversmith.

With the walking dead dealt with we set about rounding up the living lepers. To do this Telamon goes and talks to one of them, and convinces him with the offer of food, clothes and a better place to stay. So that leper goes to the barge, however talking to each one individually will take quite a time so Archi speaks loudly and gathers a crowd and convinces them as a group, this takes an hour but that is much less than doing them one by one. The group of lepers follow them onto the barge and the group them gets onto the towing ship  and they pull the barge out and around Alexandria to land near another secluded area where lepers live. Before they leave they pray a blessing over them all. The heroes have been careful not to touch or be touched by the lepers as they do all this.

By now its morning, they bath and eat and then in the afternoon go to see Imbrus, we enter just as he has finished his lunch and so share in some sweet treats with him. We report what we have done and that the island now only has dead bodies on it which the contractor can deal with. Imbrus thanks them for the good and caring job and tells them to see his secretary about payment. He also says that we can come and see him if he can help in the future. We go to see the secretary and he gives us a chit to take to the treasury for 300dr. We then need to go to another part of the place to find the treasury the clerk there gives us 270dr for the chit the other 30dr is tax he says.  We then head back home taking in the sights of the city in the late afternoon.

Back at home we find two notes have been left for us. One from the Scholar Zeno an Uncle of Barypos, has left a message for him saying he needs the groups help quickly. Meet at the Museium ASAP. The other is from Ledonidas, a cousin of Telamon, an archer asking to see Telamon when he gets back again. He has just arrived in the city, from outside the city, and gone off to Tanis with Tros. We send a slave with a message to Zeno telling him to meet us here tomorrow. We then have supper and head to bed.

Zeno arrives as we are having breakfast and talks with us over the meal. He wants to go to Pyramid of Unus, near Saqqara, to research old Egyptian magic styles and find a so called magical gemstone. King Unus ruled for around 30 years long ago, he worshiped Apep. He knows that there is another group going exploring with another scholar, Eumenes, under Zorba the Cilecian, an enemy of Jason and cousin of Archi, of 6 guards. They are already on the way and are a day ahead of them. He calls on Barypos to help him as family, they agree to go and will leave tomorrow. Zeno says he has camels with all the food and supplies that they will need ready along with two slaves to look after the animals. Archi, Jason, Telamon and I go into the city to look for a good guide and any info on the streets about this place.  We find guide who will go with us for 1 ½ dr a day.  We find out that Apep is the god of Chaos, Death, the Soul and the Afterlife often seen as a giant snake. Also that many that who go out to Saqqara never come back or come back changed.  We decide to pay the next 6 months of our rent on the house to save having to look after all the sliver. So we pay 750dr of the 1500dr rent. We then spend the rest of our time praying or resting for Archi and preparing equipment.

Next morning Zeno turns up early and leads us to his 8 camels, Zeno and Archi both ride their donkeys, while the rest of us ride camels with Telamon’s horse tied behind the one he is riding. For the first 3 days all passes fine as we are mainly in settled lands under Greek control. We talk about trying to take a short cut across rather than follow the standard route. This would allow us to gain time but we decide it is too much risk. Archi also spends time talking with the slaves to improve his Egyptian, they talk about the terror and fear of looting a tomb.

Once we are four days from Alex, on a cloudy low wind day we see dust raising of to the side. This is about 500m away so we dismount and prepare. As the dust gets nearer, around 400m, we can make out 15 people. At around 300m we can see that they seem to be armed, are they hostile or like us travellers? We soon get an answer as at around 200m they stop and five of them step forward and loose arrows at us. All five arrows miss but at least we know what to do next. The unknown enemy seem to be ten spear and five archers all Egyptian looking.

Telamon starts to charge towards them on his horse, moving at a trot at first. Jason takes a long range shot at the spear but sees no result. The next minute or so is full of action. Telamon closes and throws two javelins at the spearmen but and takes one out he then alters direction to hit one of the archers who had moved to the sides as the spear closed on our camels. Jason keeps shooting and starts to run towards the side of the spear block as he does so. Archi with me nearby starts to us his sling on the spear block. As Telamon closes he and his horse are hit by arrows, but he keeps control of his horse. Telamon charges past an archer swinging his sword, the archer dives under his horse to evade and Telamon adjusts his swing but fails to move his already disabled left arm out of the way and chops it off at the elbow. Telamon falls from his horse at the feet of two archers.

[A fumbled attack with a critical evade, good reason to always have a luck point left]

A cheer from the Egyptians follows the fall of Telamon and the spear block breaks into two one part heading towards Jason the other towards Archi and I as we continue to shoot. The two archers try to ignore looting Telamon and try to concentrate on shooting Jason, however they are distracted and tangle each other, they then go to loot Telamon and ignore the fight.

Jason at least gets a good hit by shooting into the flank of the spear; he manages a lethal hit on the left arm of one. I am also near enough to jog and throw at the spear closing on me and Archi, I hit a shield and render it useless.  I then get the next spearman in his left leg, as he has lost his shield protection with sprinting, with my next javelin. With only four spears left I charge in. I take the shieldless spearman out by sticking my spear into his head. The three remaining spear turn on me and I take a serious wound in my right arm.

Jason is still skirmishing with the spear near him shooting and running. Archi at last gets a hit with his sling on the left of the spears facing me. I evade away drawing the three spears after me I kill the leading one.  Jason and Archi both take another spear out of the fight and the rest flee. With three already dead Jason chases those fleeing and takes down another three, while Archi goes to bring healing to Telamon. I finish off a couple of the injured ones. That makes 8 of the 10 spearmen down and two plus the five archers escaping.  It would be a good victory if not for poor Telamon, Archi removes what’s left of his lower arm and sows it up. He will be left with a fairly useless upper arm but he is still alive and it was his left.

Jason and I loot the bodies and try and find our arrows, sling shot and javelins. Jason shot 14 arrows and found 7 of them, Archi used 10 shot and found 5 while Telamon and I used four javelins and I found three of them. The dead enemy were Egyptians and we found some 76 obols on them along with the eight spears. We also found a note written in Egyptian but in a Greek style on one of the, may be the leader, asking them to attack any group coming this way and they will receive 10dr per head. Zeno is pleased we have seen the attack of but concerned about the note.

 

Earlier parts of the story can be found here 

Talk notes for ‘Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God’ 23rd June 2019


Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God  

Talk notes for 23rd June

 recorded version will be here for a couple of months  http://www.ascensionbath.org.uk/sermons/

Readings

Matthew 5 1-2 & 8     Gal 5 16-26    Psalm 24

Outline

God wants hearts that are in line with Him.

We will get things wrong but God still knows our heart

Do we know and accept the wrong we do and seek forgiveness?

 

Does our heart want to follow the Spirit and live God’s way? that is important

When our heart is in line with His ‘Pure’ then we see God in all around us and others see God in us.

We can also see God and hear from Him

 

  • Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God

I said in the notice sheet piece ‘The interesting thing is that so many people say that they want to see God but they don’t know how.

Here, in Matthew, Jesus tells us that those who are pure in their hearts will see God.

However the problem is often no one understands what being Pure in Heart means.

 

Pure the Greek word is katharoi, which means, “clean, pure, unstained, either literally, ceremonially, or spiritually; guiltless, innocent, upright.” It refers to that which is “without added mixture; separated (purged), clean (pure) because it is unmixed (without undesirable elements).” In the spiritual sense, it refers to being purified by God – being free from the contaminating influences of sin.

 

Heart: The original Greek word used here is the word kardia. It’s obvious we’ve carried this word over to represent the organ in our body responsible for pumping 750 gallons of blood through our body every nine hours.
But the biblical use of this word goes beyond a physical organ. It refers to the core of a person; that immaterial thing inside that makes us what we truly are. When you strip everything away, what’s left? That’s what this verse is really referring to here. It’s our irreducible minimum.
 

  • Those with Pure Hearts are contrasted with those who thought that they had satisfied God’s will through ceremonial conformity to tradition. Jesus insisted on simple, true heart – righteousness

 

Judah followed the rituals but their hearts were far from God and not pure

Jeremiah 7 3 – 11

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “don’t be fooled by those who promise you safety simply because the Lord’s Temple is here. They chant, “The Lord’s Temple is here! The Lord’s Temple is here!” But I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice;only if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; only if you stop your murdering; and only if you stop harming yourselves by worshiping idols. Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever.

“Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie! Do you really think you can steal; murder, commit adultery, lie, and burn incense to Baal and all those other new gods of yours, 10 and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, “We are safe!”— Only to go right back to all those evils again?

 

  • Boast in the Lord not your things accomplishments

Jeremiah 9 23-24

23 This is what the Lord says:
“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,
or the powerful boast in their power,
or the rich boast in their riches.
24 But those who wish to boast
should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord
who demonstrates unfailing love
and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

 

  • We will get it wrong often We will fall into sin by doing wrong

 

After all we started as sinners made pure by Jesus

Romans 6

4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

 12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God

  • . 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of Gods grace.

 

It is through the grace of God that are hearts become like Jesus’ pure and holy

It is through confession that we keep our hearts pure.

 

  • We need to acknowledge our sinfulness

Jeremiah 8 4-6

“Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again?
When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back?
Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path?
Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back?
They cling tightly to their lies
and will not turn around.
I listen to their conversations
and don’t hear a word of truth.
Is anyone sorry for doing wrong?
Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”?
No! All are running down the path of sin
as swiftly as a horse galloping into battle!

 

And Paul says in Galatians  

  • The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

 

None of this gives us a Pure heart, rather a polluted one.

 

We need to recognise when we sin, and repent.

Allowing Jesus to purify our hearts again.

Asking to be filled by the Holy Spirit again so we can live pure lives with the fruit of the Spirit in us.

 

Again Paul says – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

 

Pure speaks of being free and clear of the effects of guilt and sin. It’s like a filter has been put over the heart so it becomes peaceful instead of hostile. What was wrong with the heart before has been made right by virtue of God’s influence upon it. Just as Jesus touched and purified the leper, He purifies our heart when He touches our lives.

  • We need to be more real on inside than it seems outside

Faith is not about outward acts or appearances but begins and ends with the transformation of the heart

 

Matthew 6 1-6; 16-18

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

16 And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth,  that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair[d] and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

 

  • Do we live from the outside in – to please others and build our reputation in the eyes of the world?

 

Or do we live from the inside out – seeking to live good honest lives before God and leaving our reputation in God’s hands.

Do we have integrity?

What is the core of your life?

What is your worldview?

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 MSG         “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”

Luke 3

John said about Jesus: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

 

  • So today’s question is, what is your heart centred on, is it family, career, hobby, money, enjoyment something else or as Jesus said him?

 

How do you see the world around you?

 

Jesus said in Luke 18 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

We have to be like Children, Pure in Heart.

 

Children are pure in heart as they are the same on the inside and outside, they have not learnt how to wear a mask.

 

What matters is not your status before man, but your status before God your Father.

Child of God, Pure Hearts come from putting Jesus our saviour God our father at the heart of everything

 

  • RESPONSE: Today, ask the Lord to search your heart for any impurities that may be clouding your vision of Him.

Lets pray

Father we want to see you

We want to see and hear from you daily.

We want to see you all around us.

 

So Father please Purify my heart today, wash it clean with the blood of your son Jesus our saviour

Fill me anew with your Holy Spirit

Help us to be pure in heart and blessed with the sight of you.

 

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice Sheet piece

Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God [1]

The interesting thing is that so many people say that they want to see God but they don’t know how.

Here, in Matthew, Jesus tells us that those who are pure in their hearts will see God. However the problem is often no one understands what being Pure in Heart means. Jesus had made it clear in other places we have pure hearts when we put Jesus at the centre of our lives and treat others as He would and as He does treat us. It’s not about making sure we look good to others, or taking part in the rituals of church, or even being seen to do good works. No it is about what is important deep in our lives. So today’s question is, what is your heart centred on, is it family, career, hobby, money, enjoyment something else or as Jesus said him?

I have found that when my heart is pure, aligned with, centred on, Jesus then I see and hear God around me and in others and when I let my heart slip away then I lose that sight.

 

[1] Matthew 5 8

The Odyssey of BARYPOS of TEGEA Chapter 6 Part 3


Part 3

The Island

 

Barybus gives his fancy sword from Ariarathes II to the temple of Poseidon for his surviving the wreck. With Jason and Telamon giving their crowns to their temples as well the gods have done well from us. We decide to take a few days out at the gym and other places before dealing with the island again. Jason trains with his shield trying to learnt how to parry with it. [needs 2 months so it will be at formable for the first then had for the second] meanwhile we need some light source to go underground so we set Archi, our inventor, to working out a portable directional light, Barybus sings and Jason plays to inspire him as he works on it.  He comes up with a bronze cylinder with smoothed insides and a cut-out with a movable shutter over it. Inside it has an oil reservoir and a wick. When lit and with the shutter open it throws a light forward reflecting of the smooth insides.  This has required the help of a bronze craftsman a couple of days and 40dr, the light is so bright it helps us see into the shadows better [+5% perception].

 

We head back to the island at dawn and go into the first cave we find, Barybus first with Jason following with the lantern, then Archi and Telamon. The 1m hole slopes down 3m then opens up into a cave around 8x4m and 2m high, The area is wet with small pools on the floor along with moss and roots. Barybus sees two figures at the furthest end of the cave, they are in scraps of clothes and have running sores on their skin, we all move in and spread out in a line. Archi speaks to them in Egyptian, no response. Jason speaks loudly and slowly in Greek, ‘do you speak Greek?’  A babel of noise comes from the figures.

Arh Archi says ‘that means no in Egyptian.’

Archi starts a conversation in Egyptian taking his time with each statement.

Archi says ‘Who are you?’

The figures say something which Archi doesn’t understand, a name he assumes.

Archi says ‘Why are you living here?’

‘Put by family as infected’

Archi says ‘Put by family as infected’

‘Yes’

Archi, ‘What’s wrong with you?’

‘Skin Sores’

Archi says, ‘how many of you are there?’

The figure shadows its hands many times.

Archi, ‘why not take the food?’

‘we eat fish and roots’

Achi waves and says, ‘by’

We leave the cave and head back to the city.

 

Archi and I go to see Strategi Imbrus, we bath first and wear our good tunics. We are shown in to him, after a while, by a slave had us wait. He receives us with sweet nibbles and wine, he talks politely to us and we bring up the business of the island contract. After an exchange of information and a haggle over the fee we accept the stated fee and contract Imbrus tells us his secretary will deal with payment once the job is done. We did find out the name of the contractors building there, ‘Hercules Construction’ when heavy lifting is needed.  We intend to visit them.

 

Telamon joins me for a visit to the contractors; we manage to get them to agree to give us an old barge and use of a tow boat. We intend to put the lepers on the barge and tow them around the city to take them to another leper colony. We also get them to supply some old clothes and rations for the lepers.  This came about after we explained that it was in his interests to be able to get on with his contract and could include the costs in his overrun costs.

 

That night we head back to the island with a Egyptian speaking slave from Imbrus, along with clothes, food and torches. Telamon sees people on the island as we approach, he says he has counted on his 7 fingers 10 times so there are more than 70 on the island.  Not all seem to be fishing and some seem very dead but walking around. After a discussion we think we need to help these dead souls on their way over the river to the underworld. To do that requires a couple of obols for each body buried in devotion to Hades.  So we enter a cave, dig a hole and put 45dr in obols in it, we then call on Hades having sung the hymnos, a religious song, first.. Jason is the one to call on Hades as the one with the best devotion and being used to making calls on the gods.

 

Alas things do not go to plan….. [the player fumbles the call]  see what happens next time.

 

Earlier parts of the story can be found here 

D-Day 75


I have been thinking while watching various countries reporting of the D-Day 75 years event.

First its important to remember all who died in this war, see numbers below, and acknowledge those who fought.

However glorifying one event in remembrance can often ignore the whole. I would rather we remembered the end of wars than individual battles, I would rather we learnt how not to start wars as we remember.

It is also interesting to see how the media of each country reports the event. The USA media mainly talk about how the USA liberated Europe, the UK media talk about how we held out on our own for years until the USA  came to help us finish NAZI terror. The French media mention that there where French as well as other nations landing on D-day or in support. Only the French manage to mention that the USSR was fighting many more enemy than we did on D-Day or in the west at all.

Trouble is for me they all forget the point of remembrance.  The point is to remember not to allow it to happen again. Not to allow nationalism to take hold in countries which brings, Us First attitudes, Selfish and Greedy Ambition. All of which breeds distrust and hatred of others. Often remembrance is about rewriting history to make your side look better, writing out the part played by others to make them look weak or ungrateful, rather than looking honestly at the whole and how to avoid it all happening again. This can be seen in the ignoring of the effect of other fronts, mainly the Russian one, to make the D-Day landings possible. Ignoring the suffering of occupied people and their resistance to the Nazi’s.

Yes D-Day was and is important to keeping western Europe free of Stalin and Hitler, however it was not the most important factor in the defeat of the Nazi’s and Japanese on its own, it was part of a bigger and longer war involving many peoples and fronts. Combined they brought victory to UK, USSR, USA and other allies at great cost to all involved.  We always need to remember that war brings death and solves little. As can be seen currently with wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc.

Father God please bring peacemakers not war makers  to leadership, help us all to remember the cost of war and how easy it is to demonize others. Help us to love the other rather than hate them, help us to help others rather than just ourselves.

In Jesus name Amen

 

WW2 deaths – from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

USA 419,400 0.32% of population

UK 450,900 0.94% of Pop

USSR 26m  13.7% of Pop

Total world loses around 70-80m