The Sword of the Dawn is an artifact made by Elene goddess of Sun and Peace.
The Sword of the Dawn has blunt edges, but strangely will cut creatures of the night such as undead. Its true power is to create the glow of a red dawn in a 1 mile radius around it. This is sufficient to hurt vampires and other creatures sensitive to daylight and repulse lesser undead.
Currently in the hands of Yric King of Dunland, the sword has moved from owner to owner throughout recorded history for the last six and a half thousand years.