I'm a level 1... human, I assume? I have a lovely little sword that does 6 points of damage (1+5), and have 450 hit points.
The first enemy I face is a "Level 1 Shade". He has a dark, ominous-looking sword that does 20 points of damage. (Ok, that's cool, I have free will and a lot of patience.) But he has 4000 hit points.
Let me once again point out that my sword does 6 points damage. While it's possibly a nod to a shade's demonic nature that I must stike him 666 times to kill him, I can't help but wonder if something is amiss.
To put it in perspective, if you assume you get about 4 strikes in each time you have a "break", you need to break 166 rounds of attacks to beat him. (Yeah, yeah, less scratches and stabs, but C'MON.)
Did I somehow inadvertantly activate the "Wish you'd never bought an ipad" difficulty setting?
UPDATE: It was basically a glitch. Perhaps I quit the app at a bad time, but what happened was that I'd been converted to the weak, post-tutorial character with 400 HP and no infinity blade, but I was still facing the tutorial characters who have 4000 HP like you do in the intro.
SOLUTION: You have to create an all new character in the options menu under "character slots". Resetting thy our existing character won't fix it.