This is my third play through and I just now found the Stump Messengers. Goddamn.
I had also skipped and completely forgot about an entire section of the Forgotten Woods, which made me believe I fucked up another section. I also fucked up and sent people in the wrong places. Ugh.
Tried out the DLC area and got my ass kicked by one of the bosses there. Place is pretty cool. Unfortunately don't really like any of the STR weapons I have found there so still using LHB, which has been fun. The only thing I don't like about it is the switch attack; seems a little slow to be useful, especially when things stop being staggered by main hits.
I still hate the chalice dungeons. It would be way less frustrating if they gave you more stuff in chests and drops other than materials for more chalice dungeons. Oh well, on the first Ailing Loran chalice now.