Lvl.17 character with all magnicium+3 armor equipped cannot beat the Orcish mines entrance even if there are very few (3) enemies around. They hit every time, causing debuffs (poison and hex) which makes it practically impossible to survive a fight with several opponents even if only one can attack the player at a given turn.
Due to #88 there is almost no place to get the character level or equipment much better. So, well, it looks like the location is heavily unbalanced relative to other locations around.
The best I could do was to beat 2 of 3 enemies before forced to retreat. On the bright side: they give about +5 XP which is cool :D