I've been idly scrolling through the questions on Simulacrum & find myself suffering from some serious confusion, from the answers given it doesn't appear to be the same spell I knew at all.
As an example questions like "does it have a soul" are clearly answered within the spells description in both the 1st & 2nd editions spell descriptions (essentially the same rules with a cosmetic make over & a few post 2nd edition publishing date supplements slid in).
So what's different, is it not the same (sort of three part) spell it used to be.
In the dnd-2e version it had the appearance & same stats including intelligence & wisdom as the original but the motive force (its mind) was essentially the same as that of an animated skeleton or zombie until you cast Reincarnation on it to gave it a mind (or spirit) of it's own.
Simulacrum only got you the physical likeness of the original with none of its memories & no real mind of it's own able to follow only simple instructions needing no judgement or decision making on it's part of no more than one or two dozen words.
They had 51% to 60% of the originals hit points & 20% to 50% of the originals level (if any).
A Reincarnation spell gave it a mind (or spirit) which let it understand anything the original could (including instructions) while still being fully under the control of the spell caster that made it.
To imbue it with 40% to 65% of the knowledge & personality of the original needed a Limited Wish.
The spell description lacked any detail of if this memory included spells the original knew & it could memorize those (but would have no spells to start with), or if it was spells memorized by the original (at the time the sample used for the Simulacrum spell was taken) & it could only cast them once.
Both the questions asked & answers given for all of the questions I've read about simulacrum tonight appear to be entirely absent of any awareness of any of this detail, which prompts the question.
Has some of this stuff somehow been left out of newer editions or has the spell changed completely?