…I spent the morning running through Skyrim again. Well, a portion of it. The portion of it where the evil mage that I just decapitated decided to get up again and keep thr0wing blasts of energy at me until I actually managed to whittle her down to zero health.
Without a HEAD.
I am pretty sure that this was a bug*… and it is nonetheless THE GREATEST BUG EVER because it freaked me the hell out when it happened, and moments of fear in Skyrim are actually not all that common. So. Well done?
*At a guess, they didn’t want you one-shotting bosses, which this mage was. They just didn’t remove the cutscene for the aforementioned decapitation.