“Given their shared propensity for staring at the sky, our Lookout and our Navigator had found each other a few years ago and had not gone out on an expedition without the other in the years since. Though our Navigator was the mathematically minded one and the one capable of determining our location and destination, it was our Lookout, the astrologer, that did much of the stellar navigation. It was his charts, astrolabe, and spyglass that kept our bearings on the cool clear nights.
What our Navigator lacked in celestial knowledge (which was little), he made up for in knowledge in its purest rawest form. His aspiration was to make a full map of the world using his own instruments. This lead him to decline any number of immensely lucrative positions for no reason other than the expedition did not take him to new coasts. As I have written previously, a truly brilliant man if a touch bullish…..