The trip through the forest and bog proved to be of little difficulty to the Heralds, even including an encounter with an aggressive party of Ogres (some with two heads!). In defeating the ogres, the party met with a strange group of animals who led them to the Tower of Walter the Magician — an eccentric arcanist with a five hundred foot tall tower in the middle of the Ogrefen.
After a meeting with Walter, the party also met Elvis, the Singer at the Crossroads. A sort of trickster proto-god being, who like Samuel and Nicholas, was interested in helping the party acheive its goals, as those goals also coincided with the founding of a new pantheon of "American Gods."
Elvis explained that the woman Samuel was trying to rescue was, in fact, Columbia — destined to lead this new pantheon. But if the dragons were killed before Columbia was rescued, it would allow the Queen to manifest through Columbia and remake the American Gods in her own ideals.
Walter allowed the party to use one of his portals to enter the Keep of Ravens in the Upside-Down where they met up with Quill, the Teifling Raven Pact holder, set to be the Voice of the Matron of Ravens in this meeting.
While the others were greeting Quill, Gareth and Desmond discovered a pair of swords stuck through same stone near the keep's smithy. One sword was dark and seemed to be fire blackened, the other pristine and shining. Each knew in turn that one of these blades was intended for them.
The audience with the Matron of Ravens took the party to meet the Healy twin's father, the supposed dragon whose named they learned was Lamplighter.
The metallic dragons are in a war on the boundary with the Nine Hells, expressed as a battle between a slowly dwindling army of soldiers and a faceless enemy behind a barrier of fog and magic.
Lamplighter proved not to be some heroic draconic warrior, but instead a reluctant soldier, pressed into service in a war he seemed to feel was a hopeless cause. Still, he loved Nancy, now Queen Nancy, and said as much.
After a too short talk with Lamplighter, the party returned to Walter's tower through a magic item owned by Quill.
From here it seems that Grendel might be their next target…
Born to Shepherd
Her People in Need
Her Lands in Prosperity
Her Path of Joy
And a Reign as Short as a Heartbeat
Born to Rule with
A Heart of Stone
A Glove of Iron
A Path of Hate
And a Circle a Millenia Long