Willow ftw.. in fact, temporarily changing the subject, Willow for the NES was my first RPG, my mom rented out a room in the house to a guy who played that game and we mapped the entire game on giant pieces of cardboard which we placed on the gaming room walls. Helped quite a bit since I was what.. 8 years old?
So to attempt and answer your questions.. (haven't played Skyrim in months and going purely from memory)
- Lydia shouldn't die unless she's in a type of recovery mode (crouching down) and you hit her with something -- magic with a large radius is the biggest culprit in killing one's own followers. Friendly fire is a nuisance. I've never had a follower die from anything other than myself hitting them accidentally while in recovery. Recovery is when basically they are disabled and regenerating their health, as an enemy effectively killed them, but the game placed a type of flag not allowing them to die. As per a likely bug, your attacks can subsequently finish off your partner.
- To enchant you need a few things:
1. An arcane enchanter, an enchanting table that looks kinda like an alchemist table. The first place I found one playing the game was Anise's Cabin just across the river north of the Guardian Stones. (which you should have run into following that guy at the beginning when you left the cave). In the basement is both an arcane enchanter and an alchemy table. Also, just to note before going in there:Spoiler. There are plenty around the rest of the map, the next most prominent place people tend to find them is likely the College of Winterhold, either in the large archmage quarters or the quarters where members sleep.
2. A filled soul gem, preferably Azura's Star, black gem version of Azura's Star, or greater soul gem. Trap souls using soul trap to fill the gem (black soul gems are for trapping people, other ones trap monsters), or some people flat out sell filled gems but they can be costly.
3. An enchanted piece of gear with the type of spell you wish to enchant, which you take to an arcane enchanter table and disenchant (aka destroy) to simply learn that spell for future enchanting.
4. Plain, unenchanted armor or clothes or jewelry or weapons to enchant. Note that certain armor or clothes or weapons only accept certain enchantments. Jewelry is the least restricting on the type of enchantments to add.
Highly advised for better enchantments -- higher Enchant skill, fortify Enchant potions, or gear if there is any... and obviously the more stuff in the Enchant perk tree, the better enchantments, as well as, with max Enchant, two enchantments perk. Higher enchant skill directly effects the potency (for example, with Fortify Health, higher Enchant skill means more Health fortified) of effects used on enchanting, but note on weapons the higher the potency on them (especially the more added damage they do) the more charge they will use per hit/proc. You can recharge by using a filled soul gem in inventory.
Hope that helps, if I made any mistake, sorry, went solely by countless hours of experience. I refer you to the UESP which is info heaven on the Elder Scrolls series. I would have linked that site which has a guide that likely explains better but am at work and their local proxy blocked it. I'm too lazy to circumvent it.
Thanks a lot. I finally found an enchanting table last night in a dungeon and had never come across one before (probably had but didn't notice or was too focused on something else). Regarding Lydia, I have seen what you mean about her crouching but it seems like when she is doing this that I can "loot" her. Maybe she was actually dead but fell in a way that looked like the crouch heal position. Not sure. Thank you again and Willow is one of my all time favorite movies!