Ok so last night I was messing around with Skyrim and decided to start an unarmed character to see how viable it was. So I rolled up a tough looking Khajiit and scuttled through Helgen in the usual way.
When I got properly started I was amazed to find that I was doing heavy damage with my Khajiit claws, in fact most enemies were going down in one or two hits at default difficulty. Even when I went up to Expert level I was easily besting the Imperials / Bandits / miners that I found in the starter dungeon and around Riverwood.
And the unarmed kill cams are pretty fun too
That got me thinking as to whether it is actually viable - and, more importantly, fun - to play an unarmed Khajiit for a proper play through?
There are at least a couple of potential drawbacks that I foresee
1. How am I going to be able to level at a rate that keeps me tough enough to be able to cope with the bigger and tougher enemies that I'll run into eventually? Obviously there's no unarmed skill and only one unarmed perk, so what am I going to use to raise levels? Heavy armour perhaps? Perhaps sneak, or lock picking or a bit of restoration?
2. What kind of role playing character would make sense? I've obviously got to take at least a bit of Heavy Armour to get the Fists of Steel perk, but it seems like a monk or martial arts character would probably wear either light armour or (more likely) enchanted robes? And would I want to be looking at using Sneak and/or Illusion to create more of a 'move in and out of the shadows' type?
Apart from the Gloves of the Pugilist that I already know about are there any other items, enchantments, daedric artifacts or other shiny things that I really should be looking for to make my unarmed character seems both viable and 'in character'?
So.... lets talk about unarmed