Within the next hour, the sun rises above the horizon and the heat rises with it. The Clay Street crew gathers at the dock with Hornet dragging along. Everyone is excited as the captain welcomes you aboard. His name, of course, is Yun. He's a heavyset man with a deep tan and a toothy smile. Since you're on the run, Keela, did you take a pseudonym or anything?
Yun has all of you gather on the deck and introduces his crew. Its obvious he knows Hornet, the two share a warm handshake and a smile. Then Yun has his crew line up. The young man standing beside him is maybe Hornet's age and rather handsome. Then there are three somewhat scruffy and sand-covered members of the crew, two men, one girl about your age. Lastly is the "crabby guard" Dash mentioned.
Yun clears his throat and says, "Welcome aboard the Lucky Dragon, I am Captain Yun.'' He looks to Boot, Mew Mew, Min and Canlid, ''The four of you have paid for passage,'' Then to you,, Dash and Hornet, ''And you three will be working as crew and guards" He nods to the young man beside him, "This is my son Sheng-Li. He's my first mate and the pilot. Our sand-benders are Iwao, Ren and Hanae. Ren is also our bosun, Hanae is the cook." Hanae is the girl, Keela. You get a very odd feeling from the way she's staring at you. "The quartermaster is Jyuu Shin-Ta. He's been with the Dragon for a while, so heed his words. We will be traveling across the entire desert, stopping at eight towns and villages. Some of them will be for freight drop off and pick-up, some for a brief respite from the desert. The sandsea can wear a man down, so I suggest you spend the first few days in your quarters until you get your legs under you. Except you new crew, I expect you to do your fair share. This trip will last several weeks, so we'll eat and spend a good deal of time together. These voyages always work better if we act civil to each other. Last thing, I am the captain, what I say on my ship is law. If you can't abide that, I'll give you a much food as you can carry and good directions to the next village, then you can walk there. Any questions?"