The expedition at its start has eight members.

The Captain is burly and moustached.
The Three Sailors double as Mamelukes.
The Navigator is the Captain's cousin. He has never sailed before.
The Geologist is a weather-beaten old woman. The Navigator thinks she looks like a lizard, but the Captain has eyes only for the Cook.
The Cook is the only other female.
There is also a Translator who speaks Tocharian A, Tocharian B, and Turki, but more often keeps quiet.

They hope to discover a mountain.

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