Animates are undead Humans. They do not die as they are already dead. Their bodies have been imbued with both magic from Witches and healing from Saviours. They can regrow limbs, however at a slow rate. They have immense strength and stamina. Their cerebral functions are slower than a normal human's, however so thought is slow.
Once their lifeforce has been given to them, an artefact, most oftenly a chain bracelet is made with the seal of the Witch or Saviour that created it. It shields their disfigurment and odor from others.