A Kor that has obtained a host.
|Habitat||Universal (before Verloren's fall, inhabited only Heaven)|
- This article is about the species. For the manga chapter, see Kapitel 4
A Kor is a messenger and follower of the God of Death, Verloren. After Verloren's fall and imprisonment, the Kor continue to wage war against the Chief of Heaven like their master did, and seek humans in order to make a contract with them: tempting them with the prospect of granting them three wishes, but at the price of the host's soul.
Once a person has had their three wishes granted by a Kor, he or she becomes what is known as a Wars, at which point the Kor has killed the host and now inhabits the body. A person who is in the late stages of a contract with a Kor cannot be saved.
In the Ainu language of Japan, there is a closed class of 'count verbs'. The word 'Kor' means 'to have something'.
AnatomyEditThe true form of a Kor is that of a bodiless pair of pale grey, barbed wings about the size of a pair of man's hands. They appear to be made from bone, but bear little resemblance to the actual bone structure of wings.
The physical changes to a person that has been possessed by a Kor are a pair of skeletal wings that sprout from their backs, exactly like the ones the Kor has in its original form, only much larger. The human's eyes also glow red when possessed.
The Kor have a high amount of respect for Verloren and have been gathering souls for when he revives. They faithfully serve his current incarnation, Ayanami.
The Kor were attached to Eve, preferring to obey her orders over Verloren's and warmly welcomed her "home." They remarked that her soul is 'beautiful' and 'delicious', but Verloren quickly silenced them before she could overhear.
Ayanami is the current incarnation of Verloren, and as such, the Kor faithfully serve him.
The actions of the KorEdit
Those who follow the main religion of the 07-Ghost series believe that the creator, the Chief of Heaven, gives every soul three life objectives (dreams) to complete, which could be anything from making money to having a family. When the soul is born in a physical body, they do not remember these dreams. Discovering what they are and completing them is what makes life enjoyable.
|“||The Kor takes this body to increase the number of its comrades while waiting for their master, Verloren's, return.||”|
—Castor, explaining to Teito the reason behind the Kor's actions.
The Kor encourage humans to be greedy, so that humans will fall into darkness and cannot go to heaven in this life, as a way of getting revenge on the Chief of Heaven for the exile of their master. They encourage people to cheat at the Chief of Heaven's game of life, and receive the wishes the easy way (the Kor grant the wishes outright, like a genie) instead of working to have them granted like the Chief of Heaven wanted.
Becoming a KorEditThe Kor work by first finding a human being. They are not particularly choosy when it comes to selecting a victim, and their hosts range from old men to young children. However, Kor only choose a person if they have a complete soul, and they will refuse a host with half a soul.
Once they have found their victim, they tempt them into a contract with the idea of instantly granting them the three wishes promised by the Chief of Heaven instead of the human having to work to have them granted, in exchange for the human's soul (effectively encouraging the human to 'sell their soul').
If the human agrees, the Kor then possesses the human, and 'signs' their contract by leaving its 'signature', the mark of Verloren (see the diabolical mark) on the chest of its new host, where the heart is.
Now that that they have found their new host, the Kor begin to grant their wishes, each one having a more serious effect on the soul than the last, until it has been tainted completely and that person is left unable to return to the Chief of Heaven.Many characters in the series have been possessed by a Kor, including the Old Man and the Boy Kor, among others.
The Three WishesEdit
Once a wish has been granted, it is eternal, permanent, and cannot be undone by a wielder of a Baculus. Only the Ghost Zehel is able to remove the effects of the wishes. Apart from Zehel, it appears only the Chief of Heaven can remove the effects, as he is known for allowing the corrupted souls a chance of redemption by reincarnating them. The effects of the granted wishes will remain even if the victim dies before all three can be completed.
The First wishEdit
When a Kor first makes its mark on a human, they become mentally unstable.
The Kor begins to affect the host's mind: the person loses sight of what their goals were, loses all their ambition and perseverance, and succumbs to depression.
The Second wishEdit
When the second of the person's wishes are granted, the Kor begins to affect the host's body. The person begins to suffer from thirst that cannot be quenched by drinking and hunger than cannot be satisfied by eating.
The Third wishEdit
The third wish results in the contract being completed. The person's soul will have indulged in too much so it is filled with darkness, meaning it is unable to enter Heaven in this life and has to be reincarnated.
The Bishops are then unable to reverse the damage to the soul, as it results in the death of the host. Since the body naturally dies after three wishes have been granted, a completed deal with a Kor will result in a premature death, since the wishes are granted early. The Kor then takes the host body for itself.
A person who has had all three wishes fulfilled is known as a Wars.
Attacking and removing a KorEdit
Kor are incapable of physically injuring a person, as they are intangible like ghosts, but they also cannot be injured themselves (as attacks will pass through them). Even when a Kor is in a human body, it is still impossible to attack the Kor with a standard Zaiphon, as it only injures the host body. The wings need to be destroyed to kill the Kor.The Baculus (バクルス), a device commonly used by bishops in the 7th District, allows those with either an attacking or manipulation Zaiphon to channel their Zaipon to attack or capture a Kor. Those with the healing type of Zaiphon are unable to attack a Kor directly, but are able to remove the Kor from the body of its host.
The only people who can remove a Kor are experienced Bishops, or people who have witnessed the removal of a Kor and have the skill to do so.
Since the addiction symptoms do not disappear so easily, a person is able to go to a correction centre if they need help in resisting the temptations of Kor.
Abilities and AttributesEdit
Once a person has been possessed they show an increased speed, strength and endurance, and can also use the Kor wings to fly. A newly possessed person displays the ability of bargaining with others, even if all three wishes have not been granted in the bargaining Kor.
It is implied that a Kor has the ability to bestow a Zaiphon upon its host, as the Boy Kor said: "I can use Zaiphon now too", implying he was unable to use it before. However, this ability is mentioned in the anime only, so it is unknown if this is true.
The tale of the Seven Ghosts and VerlorenEdit
- Main article: Spirituality in the World of 07-Ghost
Relation to real-world beliefEdit
The Kor appear to be based on the devil in Christian belief.
The contract with the Kor draws many parallels with the 'deal with the Devil' in Christian belief as their deeds are similar to those believed to be done by the devil: seeking humans and tempting them to 'sell their souls' with the promise of wealth, power or any other gain. The outcome of a completed contract, like the real-world belief, is the damnation of the host's soul.
The oral agreement with a Kor results in Verloren's mark appearing over the person's heart, and this is similar to the belief that a pact with the devil will be evidenced by a 'diabolical mark'.
- The Kor existed even before Verloren's fall from heaven, but it is likely that their jobs were different at the time.
- It is unknown who created the Kor, though it seems unlikely that Verloren created them himself and it may be that the Chief of Heaven was the one who created them to be Verloren's assistants. While this leaves the fact the Kor sided with Verloren rather than the Chief rather mysterious, Eve, the Chief's daughter, seemed to be able to command them to disobey Verloren, suggesting this ability may come from her relation to the Chief. It is possible that they did respect the Chief but were turned against him by Verloren.
- ↑ Said by Castor in Kapitel 4.
- ↑ In Kapitel 5 Castor says: "they only want the complete one's" when speaking of Kor and souls.
- ↑ Zehel is the only Ghost that can sever a person's ties to evil.
- ↑ In Kapitel 34, a dog is still bound to its owner's grave as the first wish dictated, despite the owner having died after completing the first wish.
- ↑ Kapitel 4 pages 13- 14, Frau says: "Normally those who are marked by a Kor... turn mentally unstable afterwards.
- ↑ Kapitel 4 page 6, Frau says: "It's useless to attack it in darkness. You're only hurting the Old Man.
- ↑ Kapitel 38
- ↑ In Kapitel 4 the Old Man can dodge attacks and fight for a long time, things which he normally should not be able to do.
- ↑ In Kapitel 3 the Old Man was able to brand Teito despite his three wishes not having been granted.
- ↑ In Kapitel 8 page 11, a Kor appears before Ayanami in the form of a large bird. The three human generals with him are unable to see the Kor's true form as they don't react to it.
- ↑ In Kapitel 9 page 17, as a Kor appears, a nun says the air has suddenly gotten cold.
- ↑ Episode 5.