I'm finishing up the thieves guild questline and have to go through a falmer ruin filled with nothing but heavily-armored falmor. I'm level 54. My character's primary skills are conjuration, illusion, sneak, and one-handed.
I've been doing fine, but I can't one-shot these things, even with ancient shrouded gauntlets on. And these things can one-shot me. Even if I stand around invisible I'll just suddenly drop dead out of nowhere, it would appear that their arrows can one-shot me from full hp. How the hell they can have a bow that deals nearly 300 damage in one-shot I don't know, but its there.
Anyway, yesterday I just got fed up with being forced to replay the beginning segment over and over again, and started spamming killall and player.kill. Disabling the floor so I'll fall infinitely, disabling the npcs with me, in general just throwing a big hissy fit over the fact that once again a playthrough I was attempted just out of nowhere came to a screeching halt.
I tried again today, got into the habit of saving after every fight, but that doesn't help much when I have to do the same damned fight 10 [censored] times just because I have no armor. Lessen learned: always wear armor, always invest in heavy armor or light armor, because you won't be able to do [censored] if you don't.
I've actually been tempted to turn the difficulty down, but then I would feel like I cheated. Of course, I'm playing on expert, so I guess it wouldn't be 'cheating' to acknowledge that despite playing this game since it came out I simply can't handle anything above 'enemies throw themselves at you and let you slaughter them' mode.