Starting a new character. Got a mind this time to play a mage, focus on almost all magic skills and try to be a real powerful caster. Towards that I pick a high elf for the 50 extra magicka and good starting magic skills. I don't really like the way they look but what ya going to do. I make her look young with short hair then put some heavy scaring on her face and take the black marble eyes. She looks evil enough which is how I think I'll play her but well see. Struck by how tall she is even the first person view is set higher.
So we begin all hell breaks loose and I follow Hadvar into the keep. I got the difficulty set to expert and get through the dungeon without taking many hits. I put on the novice robes and hood along the way. We get outside and I follow Hadvar on down to riverwood taking the mage guardian stone when we pass it. I stay the night in the blacksmiths house with Hadvar and take a 20 point ring of health they offer. In the morning I chop a ton of firewood sell it to Hod then buy a few spells after that I stroll on down to Whiterun but instead of following the main quest I take a carriage up to Winterhold. Keeping in character I want to start the college of Winterhold quest line which I have not done yet.
I arrive in dead of night during a blizzard and duck into the inn. In the morning I make it inside the collage with just 2 gold left after buying firebolt from Faralda for just 30 gold what a steal, I needed it for her to let me inside. Really dig the College I like the look of the place very grand also find all the characters inside interesting. I jump right in take the first class then spend the night before making my way to ruins a short distance away with the rest of the students. So far since Helgen I have only fought 2 wolves so still at level 1 as I enter my first dungeon quest.
I make my way through the story until its time for my first real fights. I get destroyed Fighting draugr as a level 1 mage was to hard so I drop the difficulty down for the rest of the dungeon. I get to my first my boss Jyrik Gauldurson and after a couple try's take him down I get about 1000 gold worth of loot and the awesome staff of Jrik Gauldurson also hit level 2. I get back sell my loot buy some spells and take Brelyna as a follower. Then before I leave I start disenchanting just 3 items I shoot up 3 levels hitting level 3 I guess the mage stone really made it go quick. I wasn't going to take a crafting skill but I thought I'd try it out. Still may not stick with it but got a few levels out of it for now.
I put the difficulty back on expert and do a quick bounty quest to kill a bandit chief at snowpoint Beacon. Together with the mage Brelyna and my shiny new staff he's down in just 6 shots. This has been my fighting style up till now hit them with ranged destruction if they get close I use a one handed weapon with spell in the left hand. I use the other schools a bit but should mix it up more. When I level I raise my magicka So with buffs/blessing I have 265 but it still go's fast especially when I use illusion or alteration. Drawing the weapon take's time so if they get close I always take hits and I can't take that many hits just yet. Can't see surviving with out Brelyna so I take her with me on the colleges 3rd quest "hitting the books" at Fellglow keep.
This dungeon is full of mages I'm a mage and my follower is a mage. The resulting combat is a spectacular display of magic effects flying all over the place. Gets a little confusing at times its a real change of pace from all my earlier characters. With no armor I can really dash around and dodge range attacks pretty well but I miss with my own range attacks about 50% of the time wasting precious magicka. Then partway in I find a third mage as a temp follower and He stays with right to the door of the boss but then go's down leaving just 2 of us to face her. I kill her on the third try but only because I have that staff that does 50 magicka damage. I would say I got about 1500 worth of loot on me now plus what ever reward I get when I turn in.
So that leaves me at level 5 about to hit 6 with 4 perk points saved up. My biggest problem Is how weak I am so I thinking about taking alteration twice and I guess destruction because I use that the most. I like how fast I am with out armor but does anyone know if a shield slows you down? Or affects the mage armor perk? Which I may take. Also should get around to starting the main quest so I can get shouts which I'm missing. Anyways If anyone thinks they know what I should try let me know.