- Main article: Imperial Weapons
It seems to vaguely resemble the historical Roman Gladius Hispaniensis, (or "Spanish Sword") which was the primary weapon of the Roman Legions until the 3rd Century A.D., a reference the Greco-Roman traits shown by the Empire throughout the series, especially after The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind onwards. The Imperial symbol is carved into the guard.
- During the quest "Unbound," one can be acquired from each of the first two Imperials encountered after choosing to follow Ralof.
- Nine can be found in Meridia's Shrine from Corrupted Shades during "The Break of Dawn."
- Six can be stolen from the armory in Castle Dour in Solitude.
- Two can be found in Whitewatch Tower on the weapon rack.
- Two can be found in Fort Greymoor, on the weapon rack.
- Two can be found in Treva's Watch, near the anvil in the fort.
- Two can be found aboard the Wreck of The Icerunner.
- Nine can be found in Fort Neugrad if the Empire reclaims it after "Season Unending."
- Another sword can be found in the Fort Neugrad prison.
- Three can be found in Fort Dunstad after the Empire claims it during the Civil War.
- Three can be found in Fort Greenwall after the Empire claims it in the Civil War.
- An Imperial Sword of Cowardice can be also found.
- Three can be found in Fort Greymoor if the Empire claims it in the Civil War.
- Any Legion camp contains 5–8 Imperials who all wield a sword.
- Three can be found in the Abandoned Prison.
- Sulla Trebatius in Alftand carries an enchanted variant.
- Worn by Captain Valmir if impersonating an Imperial officer.
- One can be found southeast of Froki's Shack with a closed Imperial Helmet hanging in front of a Talos Shrine.
- One can be stolen from the first floor of the New Gnisis Cornerclub.
- One can be found in the hands of a burned corpse in Forelhost.
- The damage and weight are identical to the Steel Sword, the only difference being its appearance and value.
- In The Art of Skyrim, there are conceptual illustrations of two different types of Imperial swords. However, only one of them made it into the game.
- It bears a strong resemblance to a gladius, a sword commonly used in ancient Rome. This would fit with the parallels the Empire shares with the Roman Empire.