Alteisenhalm is nearly seven centuries old. In days long past it was forged for the greatest general of the old kingdom as a gift from the king. The blade was the best that could be made, forged from the strongest steel, and crafted by the most acclaimed bladesmith of the day. It is an unassuming weapon, polished steel with a lightly etched blade, no eldritch runes or elven glyphs mar its smooth surface.
The sword served the general well throughout his life, and into rebellion. The old king became decadent and corrupt, forgetting the wisdom and benevolence that gained him his lofty position. Stricken with grief, the old general drew up his loyal men, and attempted to overthrow the increasingly evil king.
The war raged for ten long, bitter years. The balance shifted precariously as the loyalists stood steadfast against the bloated power of the king. It was not to be. Despite their courage, and the valor, the King’s men pushed them back, and into defeat. The General, greatly wearied by the long conflict withdrew, only his most personal of retainers following him. The King sought to capture the general, but failed, loosing many men to the skill and the steel of the old General.
Eventually the old Kingdom collapsed, and from it’s ruin a new kingdom arose. Like the Phoenix of old, such is the way of things, to be reborn from the death of the old. Childless, the old General too faced that dark end, and entrusted his blade to a promising youth and student of the sword.
The tales attributed to the blade are legendary, considering that it is not magical in any fashion. Tales speak of the blade drinking the heart’s blood of a fell dragon, striking down the evil and the oppressive and defeating foes in the face of insurmountable odds.
Should it be found and brought to light, it would bring a fortune to the right buyer, a masterpiece of Old Kingdom workmanship, a legendary and unique blade. Holding such a blade, how many would be swayed to pawning it away for something as petty as gold?
The Blade has no magical enchantments. It should be very resistant to wear, and need only minimal attention, and little sharpening, attributed to it’s now lost proccess of being forged. An intangible, and non-magical factor to consider would that the item is strongly associated with valor, courage, and the victory of good over evil, even if it is the long run.