The Decorative Sword was the last of the artifacts that Kain would acquire in the Sarafan Stronghold in Chapter 3: Pursue Moebius. After using Malek's Sword to ascend to the upper gatehouses of the stronghold, Kain discovered an unusual Sealed Door with an emblem depicting crossed swords in the first gatehouse, though one of the blades was missing.
Soon after Kain was able to cross a bridge to the second gatehouse and found the Decorative Sword next to the entrance to the lower tower. Returning the Decorative sword to the sealed door in the first gatehouse, Kain completed the emblem and unlocked his way to a sealed chamber in the gatehouse containing the Flame fragment of the Balance Emblem. Using the power of Flame, Kain was able to ignite two fire sconces to begin his ascent to the upper tower to confront Moebius.
- Like the other artifacts in Defiance, the Decorative Sword is part of Kain's objectives in Chapter 3, notably mentioned in the objectives "Find the Decorative Sword" and "Return Sword to Emblem Door". Unlike other artifacts in this level, Kain makes no further comment about this item beyond the name "decorative sword".
- The name "decorative sword" perhaps suggests that the sword is intended for ceremonial purposes rather than any direct combat application.
- In the Status Screen, the small picture of the Decorative Sword (in the 'artifacts list') shows the Decorative Sword with a brightly coloured red hilt; this feature is lacking when selected in the main viewer.