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For a Trail of Cthulhu scenario set during the reign of the Sun King in France (1643 to 1715) what Investigative skills would I keep, remove and add?

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Keep

  • Accounting (Academic)
  • Architecture (Academic)
  • Art (Technical)
  • Art History (Academic)
  • Astronomy (Technical)
  • Assess Honesty (Interpersonal)
  • Bargain (Interpersonal)
  • Bureaucracy (Interpersonal)
  • Cop Talk (Interpersonal)
  • Craft (Technical)
  • Cryptography (Academic)
  • Cthulhu Mythos (Academic)
  • Flattery (Interpersonal)
  • History (Academic)
  • Interrogation (Interpersonal)
  • Intimidation (Interpersonal)
  • Languages (Academic)
  • Law (Academic)
  • Library Use (Academic)
  • Locksmith (Technical)
  • Medicine (Academic)
  • Occult (Academic)
  • Oral History (Interpersonal)
  • Outdoorsman (Technical)
  • Pharmacy (Technical)
  • Reassurance (Interpersonal)
  • Streetwise (Interpersonal)
  • Theology (Academic)

Change

  • Biology (Academic)
  • Chemistry (Technical)
  • Geology (Academic)
  • Physics (Academic)
    to "Natural Philosophy" - there won't be different disciplines for quite a while

  • Archaeology (Academic)
    to Tomb Robbing (Technical)

Remove

  • Anthropology (Academic)
  • Credit Rating (Interpersonal)
  • Evidence Collection (Technical)
  • Forensics (Technical)
  • Photography (Technical)

Add

  • Courtly Etiquette (Interpersonal)
  • Animals (Technical)
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Yeah, in general you'll want to go heavier on the interpersonal investigation skills than the forensic skills. Although that one movie about the chef that snuffed it over bad fish makes me consider Forensic Cookery (Technical). I might argue that there's a form of forensics, at least in an early form of taxidermy/natural science. I think "craft skills" are useful as forensic skills in a setting like that - where was this dagger made, etc. –  mxyzplk Oct 23 '10 at 13:53
    
Yeah. The scientific forensics are gone, but craft can kinda-sorta replace most of them. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Oct 24 '10 at 0:05
    
Why remove Credit Rating? –  anon186 Oct 29 '10 at 17:03
    
The formalization of credit requires far superior communications. While individual bankers may know, it is difficult for rumor of your solvency to spread with any kind of detail. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Oct 29 '10 at 23:24
    
I believe Credit Rating is more than just financial credit: isn't it more a kind of reputation? Examples include the "credit" a scientist enjoys among other academics, for instance, so I think a version of it would apply to even a distant historical age. –  DaG Jun 5 '11 at 14:44
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