I think this would be nice too. Or maybe have LOE give HC characters some exp, maybe like 3 saves worth of experience? I think HC characters should be riskier, but not necessarily slower to level. SC characters have access to something like an extra 6 million exp through LOE shrines. If HC characters could get even 1/3 of the potential exp from this, it would be a great help.
That is correct and we pay for that in the form of no saves. It makes exploration much more conservative versus a SC character. It slows the game down in more than one way, I am not sure if getting the equivalent of an extra cont worth of exp each time you hit a LOE would be groundbreakingly different. One of those things to pick up the pace of the game without really ruining it by making it so much faster.