For many years a solitary hermit has haunted
this area of the forest, becoming progressively
wilder and crazier and more dangerous.
And so you did (take it in a different direction). Very cool. Limericks are like real work and actually take talent. finito Nice touch.
Nice! :)(Although I strongly suspect that Gygax didn't 'create' the stirge wholesale, but rather took the idea of the stirge from Tolkien's "Hummerhorns." I could be wrong, of course!)
Yeah, I figured as much but it worked here... also, according to Wikipedia: "Originally presented as a more bird-like creature, the stirge may be derived from the Roman striga, a vampiric owl-like night bird."
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry