I drew this sword a few years ago as a prop of sorts for a roleplaying campaign I was running. The party had just defeated a despotic ruler who had used the fiery power of this weapon against them and were rifling through his equipment (as RPG characters often like to do). The party ranger, always looking for anything to burn things, immediately picked up the sword... and was quickly possessed by a demon who had possessed the weapon for several hundred years. One field exorcism and much cursing later, the party was able to defeat the demon and smack the ranger around a little for his greed. He got to keep the now-purified sword as compensation. The runes on the sword are purely ornamental; they have no origin beyond my imagination and I never bothered to give them meaning.