I'm waffling on some interpretations regarding the Order of Scribes wizard subclass in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 77-78), and would really appreciate some second opinions. Most of the features seem pretty straightforward in their application, but as usual I think there are some edge case spells with more than one reasonable interpretation.
Say someone casts the Simulacrum spell to create a duplicate of a Scribes wizard. It seems to me that your duplicate, who has no equipment of its own, does not have its own Awakened Spellbook at the time of creation. Part of the description of the Simulacrum spell says (PHB, p. 276):
[...] It appears to be the same as the original, but it has half the creature's hit point maximum and is formed without any equipment. Otherwise, the illusion uses all the statistics of the creature it duplicates, except that it is a construct.
Can the simulacrum summon its Wizardly Quill and, using a blank book, gain its own Awakened Spellbook and therefore its own Manifest Mind?
This doesn't seem to violate any of the Simulacrum spell's restrictions, as the simulacrum has the original creature's class features.
The description of the Scribes wizard's Wizardly Quill feature states, in part:
As a bonus action, you can magically create a Tiny quill in your free hand. [...]
Part of the Awakened Spellbook feature description states:
Using specially prepared inks and ancient incantations passed down by your wizardly order, you have awakened an arcane sentience within your spellbook.
If necessary, you can replace the book over the course of a short rest by using your Wizardly Quill to write arcane sigils in a blank book or a magic spellbook to which you're attuned. At the end of the rest, your spellbook's consciousness is summoned into the new book, which the consciousness transforms into your spellbook, along with all its spells. If the previous book still existed somewhere, all the spells vanish from its pages.
And the Manifest Mind feature description states:
You can conjure forth the mind of your Awakened Spellbook. As a bonus action while the book is on your person, you can cause the mind to manifest as a Tiny spectral object, [...]
I guess the root of the question is:
Does the simulacrum effectively take your Awakened Spellbook from you when it creates its own? Or does it have its own?
In other words, is your existing spellbook considered to be "the previous book still exist[ing]", or does the simulacrum act as if its previous book does not exist?
I would appreciate any thoughts or references I may have missed that would clarify my uncertainties.