Roy G Biv
Date: October 07, 2019 06:53PM
While cauterizing a flesh wound perhaps, I don't think it would stop death from severed arteries, so still semi-awesome as a sword.
However, the flaming nature of the weapon adds new uses.
It can be used as a torch to light your way at night as you charge into battle, or flee from the enemy.
It can be used to torch a village as you ride through homes with thatched roofs, or you could set your enemy on fire with it. Hard to fight back when you're on fire you know.
You can signal your forces with it at night from a mountain top or other high place. No more bonfires required.
It can be used to warm the body, and cook meals on the battlefield, boil water, etc.
And when the war is over, you can use it to brand your cattle back home, and dry your tobacco leaves so you ca treat your sick cattle and bruises.
Plus, it looks really cool, so it has the shock and awe value going for it.
So...different? Yes. Less awesome? No way! Imagine the estimate if that thing ever came up on Antiques Roadshow!!