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A bodycase was a kind of advanced technology used by the Trader, one of the Elders of the Universe. The Trader bonded an item his biological aura, in this case the Soul Gems, using the bodycase, then he claimed that the gems could only be separated from him should he died. He later admitted that the gems could be separated if he agreed to trade them for a different item, in this case the Silver Surfer, in which case the Surfer would be bonded to him.[1] The Trader could then control the Surfer's powers and give him orders to some extent. Surfer's ally Mister Fantastic then discovered that, should the Trader allow the Surfer to use his powers, the Surfer could still attack the Trader with them instead of obeying his orders.[2] When the Trader was destroyed soon afterward, apparently the bodycase disappeared with him.[3]

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