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I honestly have no idea, it has something to do with the underlying programming. It can be modified with the creation kit to some extent I think, but only someone with an understanding of the programming behind the AI or Bethesda themselves would be able to give a proper answer.
The guy behind Duel - Combat Realism might be able to give you an in-depth answer. This question is above my understanding.
It seems to me Whirlwind Cloak does a small amount of damage over time. The question is, how much damage? I've clocked it myself and think it's around 4-6 dps, comparing to Lightning Cloak, both tested against an Elder Dragon on Adept. But I can't do 'official' testing as I am on console.
Also, does it have an element? Or does it just deal non-elemental magic damage?
According to the Creation Kit it does 2 points of 'Whirlwind' Damage.
Since this is a different damage type I don't think it's resisted by anyone.
So it only does 2 points of damage each second? Can't I still improve that by giving enemies a Weakness to Magic effect?
Yep, 2 per second. It's a magic effect so weakness to magic would apply.
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Checked UESP and it lists the effect as "Whirlwind Cloak, 10 pts. for 60 seconds". I didn't think that was the damage, since it does less damage than the other cloak spells.
That should be the case. Also, assuming "Whirlwind Damage" is tagged as a Destruction effect, it should benefit from Fortify Destruction potions. Even with those things though, I can't imagine you'd be able to get it above 4 or 5 damage per second, and it would take a lot of maintenance.
No, I've tried. It looks like Fortify Destruction increases range, like it does with the other cloaks. I can confirm that the knockdown effect tied to it is affected by the Necromage/Vampire combo.
It's considered a fire, shock or ice spell? It is affected by perks?
It doesn't specify a magic school.
Something I did notice though is apparently the magicka absorb for the Staff of Magnus is affected by Alteration but the health absorb is affected by Restoration.
It counts as a magical attack so it would be affected by weakness.