While it is always warm to the touch, in response to holy magic stygian iron burns with ravenous demonic flames. Wielding a blade forged from this material without having any Dark in your blood is like holding white-hot steel in your naked palm.
Those who wield stygian iron specialize in the destruction of Angels. The metal burns them more than any other being, and cuts made by a stygian iron blade into the flesh of an angelic being necrotize rapidly. In an obscene mimic of the Heretic's Plague inflicted by seraphite, the beings poisoned by the touch of stygian iron fall prey to the sickness of Hellfever. Seeing as it is still technically iron despite its unholy forging, stygian iron is also effective and poisonous against the Fae.