I've recently gotten back into Skyrim and couldn't find the previous megathread so I thought I'd ask here. I play a destruction mage (97 right now) and I enjoy blowing things up with fireballs, but I've found that any time I'm supposed to fight along a friendly npc, I end up accidentally burning them to death or they get hit by lightning, etc.
Since most of my damaging spells have aoe effect, it seems like I'm left with two options: cripple my damage output by using less spells / less aoe to avoid collateral damage, or else constantly have to go solo for the sake of my followers' lives. Is there a better way to deal with this? I'd like to be able to bring someone with me to help tank or carry items, but I'm just too destructive.