An ornate longsword that is easy to use but also reminds the wielder of its use.
Demon hide Whips that will punish the wielder for injustices.
A magical one and a half handed longsword once wielded by an innocent child forced into the horrors of combat.
UPDATE: Fixed a few flaws to balance the weapon some more and filled a plot hole.
UPDATE: Decided to change the end of the story to have a more fitting reward for a war hero. But the tale still takes a tragic turn.
There are more ways than one to encounter a dragon. With a low level group it's obviously not feasible to meet one in its lair and fight it. But standing on a bleak moorland, utterly exposed and vulnerable, it can be a chilling experience to see something flying far far overhead. Something that could just be an eagle, but you never know...