I was thinking about this recently because my FanFic has been delayed for a couple of reasons creatively, one of those being Koh. I have found that I know very little about Koh and I also don’t have any strong feelings about anything Koh-related. However, the biggest problem for me is, what happens when Koh steals a human’s face?
Koh, The Face Stealer
Scientifically speaking, if Koh were to physically steal your face, you would die almost instantly, due to the fact that you can’t perform cellular respiration because you cannot acquire oxygen through your mouth or nose (because they’re gone). However, the stealing of a face is a spiritual action, so it would be able to bypass the laws of biological science, right?
My main point of evidence is the faceless monkey that Aang encounters outside Koh’s lair while journeying through the spirit world to find information to help the Moon and Ocean spirits (Book 1 Finale).
Curly-tailed Blue Nose Encountered Outside of Koh’s Lair
This monkey has no openings whatsoever that would allow it to breathe, yet it is moving and living all the same. Is this viable proof that a human would be able to live for a while after having his/her face stolen? However, there is no indication of when the primate had its face stolen, so this brings out the topic of hunger. The monkey would not be able to eat, yet this monkey lives in the Spirit World, where common resources for life may not be an obligation. The afflicted human would also have no way to ingest food, however, due to the lack of a mouth, so would they starve/die of thirst after a few days?
All of these are largely capable discussion topics, but there is one more I would like to add. In the recent release of The Search, Part 2, the writers introduced an ancient spirit known as the Mother of Faces, who has the power to give a person a new face (the source of the faces is so far undetermined, see The Search Part 2 discussion forum here).
The Mother of Faces
My question is, would the Mother of Faces have any encounters with Koh that were supportive/hostile? Or do they have sort of a Librarian/Didact relationship as in the Halo Series (married, yet have an everlasting hostility between them due to opposite views)?
“Zuko. You must look within yourself, to save yourself from your other self. Only then, will your true self reveal itself.”
–Zuko imitating Uncle Iroh