This one happened to me last week as i was attempting to finish up the college of winterhold quests, all i wanted was the arch mages robes *they just look cool* which is the ONLY reason i wanted to finish it. Well that didn't happen, after getting the location of the magnus staff and slaughtering the rude purple asshole mage as usual i returned to the college, but this time things took a very different turn.. long story short, after the blast when Mirabelle asks you to find the arch mage she simply got up and walked away, i thought that as odd but nothing more, this is "Skyrim" afterall, but then when i walked outside to start the next part Tolfidere *whatever that guys name is* never showed up, but here's the REAL kicker, everybody in the college *INCLUDING THE THALMOR ADVISER YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO KILL* just returned to business as usual!! occasionally stopping long enough to crouch by the arch mages body an ask "who did this?" but thats it! everyone there has just forgot about the whole thing and i can't do anything about it, so... i can't proceed, and i've gone back to earlier saves, this happens again no matter how many times i try it and it has NEVER happened on any other character!
Has anyone else ever had the entire college of winterhold in Skyrim just ignore the fact that the arch mage lies dead right in the middle of the front gates???