Demons constantly push against the boundaries of the Fade, and when they finally cross over, they attempt to possess the first living creature they see. They are unable, however, to distinguish that which was once living from that which still is... in fact, a corpse provides an even more tempting target to a weaker demon as it has no will with which to resist the possession. A skeleton is exactly that: a corpse animated by a possessing demon. Upon finding itself trapped within a body that cannot sustain it, the demon is driven insane... it seeks to destroy any life that it encounters, attacking without thought to its own welfare. —From Codex entry: Skeleton
These skeletons are possessed by an undetermined demon and fight at range with a longbow. If forced into melee, they will fight with a single-handed sword. Like all undead, they are vulnerable to fire, but are immune to flanking attacks, nature damage and Blood magic, as well as being resistant to cold damage.