Another thought I had about Cutter freaking out about marking the stone: he might have had a recollection of the result of previous meddling causing Madcoil. I wrote a fanfic about the loadstone's origion thats a bit less serious, but I think the OP's idea fits well into the storhline pretty well. Nice! I was going to say the Trolls didnt usually value magical power, making it even more pecular that they would prize it so much, but then I recalled they prized rockshapers pretty highly too. They had a purpose in mining, though, so unless they take the lodestone down new tunnels every once in a while to find iron/cobalt/nickle deposits, it would be interesting to find out why the kings above all prize it so dearly. Does anyone know if Picky picked it up at some point? If not, it might suggest that the prior kings knew stories of old that were not passed on (though old maggoty might still know).