[RPG] When selecting an arcane school for the Arcanist’s School Understanding Exploit can you choose a focused arcane school


Can an Arcanist that selects the School Understanding Exploit choose one of the focused arcane schools available to Wizards? For instance the Teleportation school of Conjuration or the Foresight school of Divination?

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The text of the Arcanist's ability specifies (emphasis mine):

The arcanist can select one arcane school from any of the schools available to a character with the arcane school wizard class feature

There is no caveat that limits the choices; it says any school a wizard could choose, the Arcanist can choose. Additionally, the Arcanist was published well after other materials that introduced most of these variant arcane school choices, so it is not a situation where the ability was written and the options it provides were expanded later; these were available choices when the Arcanist ability was written and the text specifies "any" rather than providing a list. Taken together, there's no rules-as-written reason that the Arcanist should not be able to choose these variant schools, nor does it appear that such a restriction was intended (quite the opposite).

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