Animators learn, through intense study and meditation, how to create living statues, automatons called murgolems that exist to do their creator's bidding.
Of all the Arcane arts, the most mysterious is Animation, or "the Crafting". Elvish masters frown upon this science, and group it with the so-called "Lesser Arts," though the Dwarves and the Sons of Men hold it as sacred. Through Animation a Channeler can impart motion, intent, and even thought into a statue carved of stone or clay, imitating in lesser fashion the means by which the All-Father fashioned His children at the beginning of the Age of Days. Mastery of this discipline allows a Channeler to create a murgolem, or Stone Familiar, a statue of stone and earth which acquires form, movement, and even some autonomy through the Art and Will of the shaper.