I think this is a great post, and second the motion.
I have had a very frustrating time skilling tavi, my thief.
Someone recommended bats, i spend hours in bats.hours. i would suppose I failed sneak maybe 4/5 of the time at excellent on those stupid bats. it's training up though. question, is sneak checked against each creature now?
Steal and plant are easy peasy, training up fine.
Case. this has been a nightmare so far. not a single enlighten past the free ones at poor. i've cased different creatures, i've loaded them up with goodies, i've been invisibile, not invisibile, hiding, not hiding. this is nuts.
o/t: Third weapon skill to superb is just a kick in the balls. i suppose brew/scribe is worse, but thief has the most skills of any class. and we have sneak and hide.