The Sedefkar Simulacrum is a fictional artifact which first appeared in the Horror on the Orient Express campaign.
The Sedefkar Simulacrum is an ancient statue capable of granting the owner incredible powers. The artifact is named after one of its previous owners; an 11th century citizen of Constantinople named Sedefkar.
The Simulacrum resembles a six-foot, human-shaped statue carved out of a kind of pearly ceramic-like material. Closer inspection reveals that the Simulacrum can in fact be separated into six parts: a Right Arm, a Left Arm, a Head, a Torso, a Right Leg and a Left Leg. The limbs connect to the Torso on a peg system. Each part of the statue is covered with minute carvings of their respective limb. The statue is immune to destruction from impact, temperature and most forms of magic.
The Simulacrum can grant the owner magical strength and extended life but the great power is not instantly apparent. Before the owner can utilize its powers they must first activate the statue using a specific rite. A list of the incantations and rituals required to use the Simulacrum's true power can be found in a collection of parchments known as the Sedefkar Scrolls.
If the Simulacrum is activated with the correct rituals (possibly the Seventeen Devotions mentioned by Sedefkar in the Scroll of the Head) then the owner can use multitude of powerful magic including: a spell to extend the user's life, another to purify the body of illness, a way to increase power, the ability to see limited visions of the future and a bloody rite which allows them to take the form of another person by wearing their skin. Those who make use of the Simulacrum's powers must perform a ritual of cleansing once every four days.
Even while separated the parts contain powerful magics capable of corrupting the area where they lay. Prolonged exposure to a hidden Simulacrum part may cause humans and animals in the proximity to develop sympathetic ailments in their respective limbs.
The origin of the Simulacrum is unclear as many sources contradict each other on the matter of its creation. Some texts say the Simulacrum was created by a race that died long before the first humans walked on Earth whilst some say the Simulacrum is in fact the skin of a powerful deity who skinned himself and gave his hide to the first men.
Despite some rumors that the Simulacrum briefly surfaced during the First Crusade, the Simulacrum's next confirmed appearance was in Constantinople during the Eleventh century where it was held in the possession of Sedefkar the Osmanli. After Sedefkar lost the statue it fell out of sight for over five hundred years.
Some time during eighteenth century, the Simulacrum came into the possession of the Conte Fenalik; a minor French nobleman well known for his lavish and sometimes scandalous parties. During the 1790s an unrecorded event caused the Conte to fall out of favor with the queen. Fenalik's chateau was raided by the Queen's soldiers and the Conte himself captured. After the raid the Simulacrum was dismantled and in the cause of time, scattered across Europe.
Owners must be careful since the Simulacrum has long been sought by members of a vicious cult known as the Brothers of the Skin.