(near the ranting priest)
That ranting priest.... I killed him because he wouldn't shut the @#%^ up.
I haven't done any "friendly" NPC killing...yet. I just started a new character tonight to test out a few things after reading about a sneaky trick (see also: exploit) that you can use to level skills in the intro scenario. It involves stabbing the **** out of your escort when you get to the part of the cave where you're supposed to sneak past the bear (I'm not putting spoiler tags on that because...well, geez...) The thing is, your escort won't die and won't attack you. Just go into sneak mode and stab him in the back. Over and over again. After about 40 minutes of jabbing this guy in the spine, my Sneak is close to level 60 and my 1h weapon is around 35 or so. I'm also level 9. The tricky part is actually getting the backstab to register...you can't just stand there and chop away...you have to stabbity, move away a bit, then close in and stabbity again. Seems to work best when you LoS him between stabs, because it's the backstabs that really rocket your sneak xp.
idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Conjuration is insanely easy to level.
1. Cast soul trap over and over and over on a dead body (yup) or a humanoid.
2. Get into a fight with a slaughterfish then go to the edge of the pool, where it can't hurt you but is still engaged, and spam summons.
3. Raise dead bodies and then mow them down with destruction magic to raise both at the same time.
From what I've been able to tell, slaughterfish aren't the only mobs that you can use water to keep at a distance. If you can make your way to a swampy area (clusters of isolated islands) with animal-type mobs, they won't go through the water to get to you. (Humanoids will, however.) I was doing this with a pair of Ice Bears tonight. In a toe-to-toe fight they smash me to bits but I was able to snipe at them from an opposite shore and managed to take them both down fairly easily (albeit not quickly, because they will actually LoS you.) I tried the same thing with some bandits and they just swim after you.
I've personally enjoyed shooting people off of cliffs. If the shot didn't kill them, the fall definitely did...though it can make looting a pain sometimes. =X
I did this with some bandits in a tower a ways east of Whiterun. I really did a poor job of setting up my first character so I'm more or less forced to try to keep everything at range and stay concealed, so when I got to this tower and found out the hard way that it was full of hostiles I reloaded and sat partially concealed behind a rock sniping at them. Shocked the **** out of me when I knocked one guy off the highest tower and he fell to his death. I was tempted to reload and do it again <.<
Sneaky trick with arrows: if you purposely miss your first shot, your target will run to the impact point of your arrow to investigate and pause long enough to line up a clean shot. Very handy for those buggers that just won't...stop...moving.