Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Worcestershire, UK
A boon of the Great Maw...
He ate something or other, and the Great Maw saw it as a worthy offering and granted Bauldig a gift in return.
We can't really speculate on what exactly it was that he ate since all the information we have is that it was reported as being the "Heart of the Mountain"... which could be almost anything, literal or not...
Personally, if I was writing it I think I would have the story starting with the mountain seeming to posses a malevolent spirit of its own... but then with Bauldig discovering that it was a life mage hidden deep within the mountain who was experimenting with control over the mountain and its environs. As Bauldig consumed the mage he tried a flesh to stone spell to protect himself but his power was mixed mixed into the 'offering' to the Great Maw, for which Bauldig was given the gift of a permanent stone to flesh effect.