Since I'm a sucker for mystery gifts in Dark Souls, I chose the "Petrified Something" as my starting gift. Knowing what I knew about the Old Witch's Ring in Dark Souls, I figured that the item's usefulness (if it had any at all) wouldn't become apparent until much later in the game.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I came across the birds' nest in the tutorial area that enticingly asked me for a "smooth" object. Figuring that my petrified lump fit the bill quite well, I dropped it in the nest, and got a White Ring in exchange.
That's a neat ring, of course, but since I traded away my starting gift only minutes into the game, it makes me curious if I've now missed out on anything else I could've used it for instead. Does the Petrified Something have any other uses than to trade at the birds' nest?