The Sculptor is an elderly Buddhist monk who resides in the Dilapidated Temple, carving countless Buddha statues. He is described as a quiet and unfriendly hermit and seems to know much about Wolf and his duty, having potentially aided in bringing him back from the dead. Similar to Wolf, he is also missing an arm. He is afflicted with Dragonrot, but states that it cannot kill him.
After the Wolf has died a number of times, he will once again awaken in the Dilapidated temple, finding the Sculptor suffering from Dragonrot.
If given different drinks, he will reminisce about what each drink reminds him of:
- Ashina Sake makes his old wounds ache, and think about the man who cut off his arm, Lord Isshin.
- Dragonspring Sake reminds him of the time he found the child Emma on a battlefield.
- Monkey Booze reminds him of his training as a rogue shinobi in the forest.
- Unrefined Sake provokes him to tell Sekiro that Isshin Ashina took his left arm to save him from Shura.
Towards the end of the game, the Sculptor is nowhere to be found in the Dilapidated Temple, only his tools remain, allowing Sekiro to upgrade the prosthetic arm as he sees fit. When Sekiro asks Fujioka the Info Broker his whereabouts, he said the Sculptor had "stumbled off muttering something about 'the flames...'" After this, Demon of Hatred can be encountered, which is heavily implied to be what became of him.
|After Waking Up||Wolf: ... What is this?|
Sculptor: So, you're awake. Looks like death is not your fate... just yet.
|First Encounter||Sculptor: What do you call yourself?|
|Asking "How Did I Get Here"||Wolf: Why am I here?|
Sculptor: ... All I did was drag you here. Didn't even know if I was dragging a corpse. Couldn't let you get eaten by a pack of wild dogs.
|Asking About Left Arm||Wolf: My left arm... What did you do to me?|
Sculptor: That is what I call the Shinobi Prosthetic. A fitting fang for a one-armed wolf. Useless when it comes to carving Buddha though. You can have it.
|Asking About the Divine Heir's Blood||Wolf: What did you mean when you said they'll make use of his bloodline?|
Sculptor: I don't know much about him. Except... The Dragon's Heritage. There's a special kind of blood by that name. And that blood runs through your master's veins.
|Leaving||Sculptor: You're quite the strange one, yet... Other peculiar visitors have come to this temple. There's one in the clearing to the right of the gate leading off the temple grounds. Two strangers in strange circumstances...|
|About Finger Whistle||Sculptor: What's that you have there... Where did you get that finger?|
Wolf: The Guardian Ape of the Sunken Valley... I found it in his belly.
Sculptor: ... Listen. That finger whistle I've fixed onto your arm... I'm sure it'll play a somber... but enjoyable tune. Make sure you use it well.
|Talking (Generic)||Sculptor: No matter what I do, any Buddha I carve is an incarnation of wrath. Thus is the fate of those who owe a deep karmic debt. You'll understand when you try carving one for yourself one day. So... Need something?|
|Talking While Having Young Lord's Bell Charm||Sculptor: I can... hear the ring-ring of a bell chime.|
Wolf: You mean... this old bell? An old woman asked me to offer it to Buddha.
|Talking Before Offering Charm||Sculptor: I've gone and said much too much. Anyway, do what you will. Offer the bell to Buddha, or don't. So... Need something?|
|Offering Charm to Buddha||Sculptor: Close your eyes. Hear the bell speak to you. The bell's chime will stir your throughts... and awaken old memories from their slumber.|
|Awakening in the Temple Once Again||Sculptor: (coughing) So... you're awake. Your death is not your fate... just yet.|
|Afflicted with Dragonrot||Sculptor: (Coughing)|
Wolf: What's wrong...?!
Sculptor: (Cough, cough...)
|Talking while Emma is Treating Him||Sculptor: (Cough) You're.... here too? It's so... busy here today...|
|Talking After Defeating Lady Butterfly||Sculptor: ... So you're back.|
Wolf: Was that... a dream...? Or was it real? Sculptor: Hmm... Whether it was a dream or it was reality... I have no idea. There is one thing I can tell you... The Great Buddha has seen fit to awaken old memories within you. What you felt, what you remembered... That is what it all depends upon. I’m not sure if what I saw is what truly happened... That's how it works.
|Talking After Acquiring At Least One Skill Point||Sculptor: Seems to me your battle sense has returned. You're more like a shinobi than before, if only a little. Take this.|
Wolf: What is it...?
|Presenting First Tool||Wolf: I've found one...|
Sculptor: A shinobi tool?
|Talking After Fitting First Tool||Sculptor: If you want more forms for that fang of yours... You'll need to search for more shinobi tools. There's no turning back from this path now. The least I can do is load your arm.|
|After Acquiring Mechanical Barrel||Sculptor: Ohhh... I see you've acquired something quite interesting. A mechanical barrel. It's a mechanism that can serve as the very core of the prosthetic. Hand it here. I'll fit it to the arm for you.|
Wolf: What difference does the barrel make?
|Missing information.||Sculptor: The Shinobi prosthetic... Appears you've taken to it quite well. Here, this is for you. (Gives Shinobi Esoteric Text)|
Wolf: What is it...?
|Talking||Sculptor: If you want more forms for that fang of yours... You'll need to search for more Shinobi tools. There's no turning back from this path now. The least I can do is load your arm.|
|Missing information.||Sculptor: Oh, you're here? Need something?|
Wolf: The Divine Heir...
|Talking||Sculptor: I've abandoned the path of the Shinobi. Yet I couldn't abandon that Shinobi Prosthetic no matter how hard I tried. I'd never have believed that one such as myself would save another who'd lost their arm like you have... I'm sure it is fate.|
|Talking||Sculptor: ......... Ahh.. I'm parched. Could use a cup of tea...|
|Talking||Sculptor: Idols are all I can carve.The only Buddhas the wood shows me have... faces of wrath. And I can only carve what I see.|
|Missing information.||Sculptor: I see you're here, too... I'm busy carving my Buddha.|
|Missing information.||Sculptor: You'll be the one to kill me.|
Wolf: ... What are you talking about?
|Talking After Defeating Great Shinobi - Owl||Sculptor: A true wolf... Would choose for himself how to use his fangs. ... The look on your face tells me you've done just that.|
|Talking||Wolf: ........ Sculptor?|
Sculptor: ...What? Need something?
|Missing information.||Wolf: It appears... As though your old memories have been awakened.|
Sculptor: ...Yes. I saw... the Divine Heir.
|Saying Nothing||Wolf: I understand.|
|Asking What the Buddha Showed Him||Sculptor... What did that Buddha show you?|
Sculptor: Were you listening?
|Talking After defeating Owl (Father)||Sculptor: You have a slightly different air about you now. It's as though... you've overcome something.|
|Greeting (generic)||Sculptor: ......... This temple has too many visitors lately.|
|Leaving (generic)||Sculptor: ...Hey. Don't be afraid to go all out.|
|Eavesdropping after Missing information.||Emma: Orangutan... The Central Forces are here.|
Sculptor: ... Are they now? They never change their thieving ways...
|Hinting at Eavesdropping||Sculptor: ......... Say...|
|Given Dragonspring Sake||Wolf: I brought sake.|
Sculptor: Oh, is this Dragonspring? I'll have some. Hooh.... Dragonspring...? That's fine quality sake. I'll take it then. Now that really hits the spot... There's nothing quite like this.
|Given Ashina Sake||Wolf: I brought some tea.|
Sculptor: (Sniffs) This "tea" smells pretty good. Suppose I'll have some. Oh, I needed that.. This tea reminds me of Emma's father. About Lady Emma's father... Dogen... He was an extraordinary doctor. He was also very well-versed in mechanisms and devices. ... Better put, he was obsessed with mechanisms to the point that it affected his health... He didn't take much else seriously, but I owed him my life... Ah, and we could say that you owe him your life as well.
|Given Monkey Booze||Wolf: I brought something for you.|
Sculptor: ... Monkey Booze, is it? Haaa! It burns the throat, same as ever. This really brings back memories.
|Given Unrefined Sake||Wolf: I brought some sake.|
Sculptor: Don't mind if I do. Hmm...
- Busshi「仏師」is a Japanese sculptor who specialized in Buddha statues.
- It is revealed through some text files in the game that there was going to be another way to cure Dragonrot, that involved Wolf giving the cure, a medicinal drink, to those affected by the disease:
|Giving Dragonrot Cure||Sculptor: (Cough, cough...)<i>|
Wolf: I've brought medicine for the Dragonrot. Lady Emma made it.
|After Giving Dragonrot Cure||Sculptor: ........ <i>(Cough)|
Wolf: Any change?
|With Emma||Sculptor: Emma. What are you going to do... with the coughed-up blood of an old bastard...?|
Emma: I'm going to research the Dragonrot. I want to find the cure for it. Orangutan... I'm doing this for your sake, too.