Hands are capable of gradually altering their bodies to suit their needs, such as growing longer and sharper teeth. They can be stronger than a living human, but are usually of low intelligence. Hands are mostly used to perform manual labour as slaves, such as the Southerlings killed by Hedge, or to attack in large groups.
Being one of the weaker forms of Lesser Dead, Hands are weakened and eventually destroyed by sunlight. They generally cannot cross running water (unless it is bridged by grave dirt), and being submerged will destroy them.