I think that bows and swords should be more powerful. In every book and movie with them, it tends to be a one hit deal. Its kinda ridiculous that it takes 4-6 arrows to kill something, when it should only take 1-2.
NPCs should not have more powerful weapons, they are already OP, just players should. It will make it much more realistic.
In the books, a volley of arrows was devastating. it shouldnt take 20 mod volleys to do the damage of one book volley.
Same with swords. In the books it was one good hit, and your enemy is dead. They didnt have to hit their enemies 6 times.