Magic Item: Sword +(level)

I'm looking for some feedback on some magical items I have come up with.

The first is a sword that gets stronger as the PC goes up in levels. At level one, it is a sword +1. At level two, it is a sword +2. Ad infinitum.

My thought is that a +1 sword isn't too powerful for a first level character, heck these editions it's just called a Masterwork sword, if I understand correctly. Also a +2 sword isn't too bad for a second level PC to have, etc. But if the sword grows with the PC, then it's something a little more special.

The sword's value comes not only from getting stronger with the PC's levels, considering PCs are likely to find swords of similar power at similar levels. The sword's value can come from it's rarity (you don't have to find or buy a new sword at each level), and it's power.

A sword that grows with the PC's power probably, at some point, has a sentient will of its own. If the sword doesn't start with a will, it probably "grows" one as it gets stronger. As the PC advances, he/she finds that she has to overcome the sword's will, like any sentient sword with an ego in D&D.

This is where some more roleplaying fun can come in. At lower levels, if the PC fails to overcome the sword's ego, they can find themselves nudged in certain directions. At higher levels, the PC's will could be dominated if they have not yet overpowered the sword.

Those are some of the ideas I'm working with. Does anyone have thoughts or suggestions?

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