Most of his lower jaw is missing. Where the nose should have been, there was only a large hole fringed with damp pink tissue akin to rotting lace. The mouth gaped with a few yellow teeth jutting crookedly from his upper jaw. He had no way of closing his mouth, and his food had to be sucked into his gullet.
Across the dark cavern of his nasal orifice, Aliev had a veil of incredibly thin crumpled skin. It moved raggedly in and out in time with his breathing. Even with the obvious deformity, his sense of smell is unbelievable. He was Major Zimyanin’s best tracker. Because he was missing his lower jaw, he was unable to speak.