A nice little mundane weapon with a good back story to hook it into the world and make it memorable. It could be interesting to have a characters buy one of these blades from a traveling merchant and then later on find themselves unwittingly treated as a Maul member or accused of killing one.
Fun stuff, and a firehouse/firefighters can make a great backdrop for a detective/CSI setting, or for any supernatural scenario involving fire demons/monsters. A undercover cop might be called in to "smoke out" (pardon the pun) a suspected arsonist.
As another plus, any of these people could make for interesting family members/friends/romantic interests for PC's.
With a little work one could modify most of these to fit in a police station rather well, making it handy for games involving law enforcement.
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On a side note there are actually some small press/indie firefighter rpg games out there, for those looking for something unique for a one shot session to mix up their usual game night.
Despite the space faring premise, this piece screams "Shadowrun scenario" to me, with the majority fo the details easily alter to fit the setting. (Rather then another planet placing this in a suitable wasteland far from civilization, adjusting a few bits to include the magical ambience and races of Shadorwun setting etc..)
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Very well put together and added to my favorites list for later use.
A handy weapon, with a unique secondary ability over the undead. It does raise an interesting small question though. What of the long dead that were resurrected by necromantic magic? (Those who died days or weeks earlier and been laid to rest in the proper ceremonies before their corpses were raised as undead.)
Since they're spirits had likely "moved on" could the sword some how drag the spirit back to it's body one last time? Or in those cases would the strikes merely be severely damaging?
That small inquiry aside I really do like the weapons origin and it's overall plain appearance that could allow it to go unnoticed for some time if recovered by a wandering adventurer off the corpse of the previous owner. (A holy blessing would unlikely radiate magic either.)
A fun variation on the otherwise over done "magic sword" I can see a use for this in my current Palladium Fantasy campaign. :)