I have been running Pathfinder for various groups for many years, so character creation is fairly simple for me.
However, one of my players and I have locked horns over something which to me seems very simple, but to him also seems very simple, and the rules are written in such a way that I can't find a way to refute what he is saying, even though in my head I am certain he is wrong.
My player wants to create a Rogue using the Scout and Skulking Slayer archetypes.
He has checked the archetypes do not clash on what they replace in the Rogue basic class.
He wants to take Varying levels of Scout and Skulking slayer, but he believes that he can take Skulking Slayer from levels 1-3, then take the 4th level of Scout at 4th level, without having to take the first 3 levels of Scout, as if these archetypes hang off the rogue tree and he can cherry pick levels as he sees fit.
As far as I understand archetypes, each archetype is a whole new class (effectively), so in order to gain the 4th level in Scout you have to buy levels 1-3 in Scout, as if they were a separate class from Skulking Slayer.
Have I got the wrong end of the stick, or is my player misreading the rules?