Red Metal wrote:No, because universal isn't a school.
Well... Prestidigitation thinks it is.
Other than that one example, though, no. Farther down in the Wizard class listing, it even lists the arcane schools - Universal(ist) is specifically called out as not having a school.
Actually permanency, wish, and limited wish are on the list too.
Can a specialist Wizard take the universal school as one of his opposition schools?
No. because universal refers to spells that do not belong to any school. It is not a school in of itself.
Your suggestion would literally put Read Magic off your spell list if you were a Thassilonian Specialist.
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A small number of spells (arcane mark, limited wish, permanency, prestidigitation, and wish) are universal, belonging to no school.
A wizard that does not select a school receives the universalist school instead.
While the Wizard entry does call "Universalist" a school, it was likely a poor choice of words. "Universal" is not a school of magic. It is a placeholder for a very limited number of spells that do not fall into a specific school of magic. If you do not choose a school, you default to a "Universalist". If a spell is "universal", it does not belong to a school. Ergo, "Universal" is not an actual school of magic that can be chosen as an opposition school.
Almost every spell belongs to one of eight schools of magic. A school of magic is a group of related spells that work in similar ways. A small number of spells (arcane mark, limited wish, permanency, prestidigitation, and wish) are universal, belonging to no school.