Change of plans. Instead of meeting up a Dragon Roost Island, we're meeting up at Forest Haven, sailing south and then west. While doing so, we're filling out more of the map, as well as fighting off a Big Octo to rescue a Great Fairy.
I have a habit of finding tons of side-quest tasks to do before actually progressing the story. To be fair, though, the "power-ups" we're picking up before we storm Forsaken Fortress will serve as helpful, long term upgrades.