Aidan was a young apprentice to the village’s blacksmith, a rather unmemorable man. When the news spread that there was an invading army on the march, a royal decree that requested one able-bodied soldier from each family soon followed. Poor Aidan was much too inexperienced for such things as war and combat, and his father, who loved him dearly, chose to enlist in his place. Aidan was so touched by this simple gesture that he felt the need to give his father a token of his gratitude. Although he was relatively new to the crafting of metal he spent days bent over the forge and anvil perfecting his gift to the best of his ability.
Two weeks later, forty men stood in the center of the village in ragtag uniforms with whatever weapons they already owned. With no time to spare, Aidan ran from the forge carrying something wrapped in oilcloth, hoping to catch his father in time. His father smiled and embraced his son after unwrapping the sword his son forged him. The sword itself is not much to behold, a simple short sword, but it was made with love, and that meant everything to Aidan’s father. As it turns out, the sword served him well and Aidan’s father returned from the battle unscathed.
Although the sword was never enchanted, it is certainly magical. Young Aidan poured his soul into his work in his attempt at making the perfect sword for his father, and as the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts. The sword truly is perfect, in a basic sense; the sword is light and it will never dull, rust or break by normal means. As such, this sword was passed through generations and lost, possibly hidden away in a dungeon or sitting on a shelf, waiting to be bought by a passing adventurer.
This sword is the pinnacle of apprentice swordsmithing skill. There are no gems embedded in the pommel or crossguard, and no runes or enchantments upon the blade, but its qualities are definitely magical in origin. This sword will not rust if it is not cleaned, nor will it break if it clashes with a stronger material. It will also never need to be sharpened, as the blade will not dull. Of course this sword is not all-powerful, strong magics would be able shatter or rust such an adequate blade.