Soulshifting was regarded to be an ancient and lost magical art. The practice shifted the soul of a being into that of another person or an inanimate object. Legend said that it used the Elder Magic of Kurald Galain.
He performed an act of soulshifting upon Hairlock which the latter and Tattersail at the time thought to be the first such undertaking in a thousand years. Hairlocks soul was shifted from his mortally wounded body into that of a marionette. During the ritual, webs of black energy spun over the wrapped puppet which was laid upon Hairlock's body, then encompassed his wounded body as well. The threads traced a chaotic pattern until Hairlock drew his last breath.