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Locks



This is my narrative and relevant references from the Books where locks are mentioned.
It is not meant to be anything other than the facts of the matter.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban


This page began when I received a request for "quotes of locks in general, description of locks".

I thought it would be fairly simple to go find a few quotes referencing locks. But the further I dug, the deeper I got. And finally, I realized I'd need to devote the topic to its own page.

Still, I have not attempted to list every imaginable variation of what a lock might be nor of all things which might be locked. But I have listed quite a few.

To begin with is this quote from Assassin of Gor which describes a variety of locks:

Most doors giving entry into a compartment, or set of compartments, on Gor do, however, have locks, generally hand-crafted, highly ornate locks, usually set in the center of the door and controlling a long bolt.

Most of these locks, interestingly, though hand-crafted, are of the pin-tumbler variety, secured by a set of heavy pins extending into the lock plug; when the key is inserted the pins, of various lengths, are lifted to the surface of the lock plug, freeing it, so that when the key turns the plug may rotate, thereby moving the bolt. There are a number of other forms of lock also found upon occasion, a common variety being the disk lock in which moving disks, rather than pins are used.

The small, heavy lock on a girl's slave collar, incidentally, may be of several varieties, but almost all are cylinder locks, either of the pin or disk variety. In a girl's collar lock there would be either six pins or six disks, one each, it is said, for each letter in the Gorean word for female slave, Kajira;
. . .

On Gor, though most locks are of metal, wooden locks are not altogether unknown. In the most common variety there are two sets of matching pins, one fixed on a wooden spatula like key and the other set, movable, falls into the bolt, securing it. With the key placed under the bolt, and pressed upward, the movable pins are lifted over the bolt, permitting its movement. This form of lock, however, as one might suspect, provides a poor sort of security, for the pins may be lifted individually by tiny sticks wedged in the holes until the bolt is free.

Another form of lock, providing perhaps even less security, is the notched beam lock which may be opened by a heavy sickle-like key which is inserted through a hole in the door, fitted into the notch, and then rotated to the left or right, depending on whether the door is being locked or opened. These keys are quite heavy and are carried over the shoulder, and can, if necessary, even function as weapons.

Padlocks, it might be mentioned, are common on Gor. Also, combination locks are not unknown, but they are infrequently found. The most common combination lock consists of a set of lettered rings which conceal a bolt. When the letters are properly aligned the bolt may be withdrawn.

Some locks, on the compartments of rich persons, or on the storehouses of merchants, the treasuries of cities, and so on, are knife locks or poison locks; the knife lock, when tampered with, releases a blade, or several of them, with great force, sometimes from behind the individual at the lock. On the other hand, knife locks are seldom effective against an individual who knows what to look for. Much more dangerous is the poison lock, because the opening through which the tiny pins, usually coated with a paste formed from kanda root, can emerge can be extremely small, almost invisible to the eye, easy to overlook in the crevices and grillwork of the commonly heavy, ornate Gorean lock. Another form of lock difficult to guard against is the pit lock, because of the natural crevices in Gorean tiling commonly found in corridors of cylinders; when tampered with a trap falls away beneath the individual, dropping him to a pit below, usually containing knives fixed in stone, but upon occasion osts, or half-starved sleen or water tharlarion; sometimes, however, the pit may be simply a smooth-sided capture pit, so that the individual may later be interrogated and tortured at length.

Lastly it might be mentioned that it is a capital offense for a locksmith, normally a member of the Metal Workers, to make an unauthorized copy of a key, either to keep for himself or for another.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 50 - 52





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Ankle / Wrist Rings
Bells, Lock
Chain Lock
Clip Lock
Collar Lock - Double Bolt
Collar, Lock
Collar, Lock - Kur
Collar, Lock - Seven-Bolt
Collar, Lock - Seven-Pin
Combination Lock
Cylinder Lock
Disk Lock
Flame Lock
Golden-Plated Lock
Heavy Lock
Heavy Ornate Lock
Iron Belt
Knife Lock
Knot Lock
Leash Lock
Lock Gag
Locking Device
Locking Scroll Bin
Locking Sheath
Locks for Doors, Sheds, Chambers, Compartments, Cages, Cells
Manacles
Massive Locks
Pack / Pouch Lock
Padlock
Pin-Tumbler Lock
Pit Lock
Poison Lock
Priest-King Cage Lock
Ring Lock
Ship's Lock
Sirik
Slave Bracelets - Fetters
Slave Hobble
Slave Hood
Slave Sack
Sleeve Lock
Snap Lock
Thrust Lock
Trunk Lock
Vast Ornate Lock







 


Ankle / Wrist Rings
To The Top

The women in bondage present, who served us, each wore four golden rings on each ankle and each wrist, locked on, which clashed as they walked or moved, adding their sound to the slave bells that had been fixed on their Turian collars,
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 90


The slave hobble consists of two rings, one for a wrist, the other for an ankle, joined by about seven inches of chain. In a right-handed girl, such as either Aphris or Elizabeth, it locks on the right wrist and left ankle.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 154


About the left ankle of each there was locked a steel identification band.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 99


I paused before a given stall, where light, walking chains were being sold. They were strung over racks rather like parrot perches. Without much haggling, I bought one, which seemed to me pretty. They are adjustable, with rings, from a length as small as two inches, for security, to a stride length of about twenty inches. Two keys are provided, each of which fits both ankle-ring locks. I also purchased a set of slave bells, of the thong as opposed to the lock variety. They are less expensive than the lock variety; also, they may be tied at various places on the body, about the neck, the wrist, the ankle, about the thigh, about the arm, etc., it is delightful to bell a girl; she may not remove them, of course, without her master's permission.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Pages 48 - 49


They had found, however, only girls, slaves, their right wrists and left ankles locked in five-link slave hobbles.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 84


The manacles on my wrists and ankles were lock shackles.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 130


I do know I take a number-two wrist ring and a number-two ankle ring. These run in separate series, the ankle rings being larger, of course, than the wrist rings. It is regarded as desirable in a slave that she takes the same number wrist and ankle ring, this suggesting a delicious symmetry. There are four numbers in the series; one is regarded as small, two and three as normal, and four as large. I could not slip a four ankle ring, of course; I could slip a four wrist ring, if it were set at four; most such wrist and ankle rings, however, are adjustable to 1, 2, 3 or 4. Thus, they, like slave bracelets, lock to the perfect holding point on each girl.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 285




 


Bells, Lock
To The Top

Perhaps she would find herself confined within the walls of some warrior's Pleasure Gardens, to be dressed in silk of his choosing, to have bells locked on her ankles and to know no will other than his;
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 244

She wore bells locked on both wrists, and on both ankles, thick cuffs and anklets, each with a double line of bells, fastened by steel and key.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 29

I also purchased a set of slave bells, of the thong as opposed to the lock variety.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 49

I extended my left ankle and, carefully, aligned the four rings. The rings were linked vertically at five places by tiny metal fastenings; each ring, opened, hinged, terminated on one end with a bolt and on the other with a tiny lock; I slipped the small bolts into the four tiny locks; there were four tiny snaps; the rings, linked together, fitted snugly; each ring bore five slave bells.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 259


She threw a linkage of rings and bells to the tiles beside me. "Bell yourself," she said.

"They lock," I said.

"Bell yourself," she said.

I extended my left ankle and, carefully, aligned the four rings. The rings were linked vertically at five places by tiny metal fastenings; each ring, opened, hinged, terminated on one end with a bolt and on the other with a tiny lock; I slipped the small bolts into the four tiny locks; there were four tiny snaps; the rings, linked together, fitted snugly; each ring bore five slave bells.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 259




 


Chain Lock
To The Top

I thrust the key to the chain in the chain lock and opened it, pulling away the apparatus of the Coin Girl from her neck.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 252


The neck chains and wrist manacles, now, however, had been changed to lock chains, that they might be separated, rechained, and regrouped in a matter of seconds, depending on what contingencies were encountered by their masters.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 244


She sat, numbly, on the furs, her knees drawn up. I took the ankle ring and chain which lay at the right corner of the alcove, as you enter. The chain is about a yard long and runs to a ring bolted in the floor. There are similar chains in the four corners of the room, and in the center of the wall, near the floor, opposite the red curtains. In the left-hand corner of the room, as you enter, of course, on its chain, is another ankle ring. At the far corners of the room, of course, the chains terminate with wrist rings. In the center of the wall, near the floor, opposite the curtains, the chain terminates with a collar. There are provisions for lengthening and shortening the chains. All these devices work from locks, answering to a common key, which hangs high on the wall, toward the back and left, as you enter. Needless to say that key cannot be reached by the prisoner if even one of the chains is fastened upon her.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Pages 173 - 174




 


Clip Lock
To The Top

The loop of the body chain was some five feet in length. It was made to loop the throat of a woman several times, or, by alternative windings, to bedeck her body in a variety of fashions. The chain was not heavy, but, too, it was not light. It had a solid heft in one's hand. It was closely meshed and strong. It could be used, if a man wished, and perfectly, for purposes of slave security. It was decorated sensuously with colorful wooden beads, semiprecious stones and bits of leather. Detachable, but now attached to the chain at one point were two sets of clips, one of snap clips and one of lock clips. It is by means of these clips that the chain can be transformed from a simple piece of slave jewelry into a sturdy and effective device of slave restraint.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Pages 71 - 72


She saw now that the chains had been the loops of a single, graceful body chain, sinuous and glossy, closely meshed and dark, ornamented with colorful beads of wood, semiprecious stones and bits of leather. Its full loop is some five feet in length, and it can be wound and looped, and twisted and strung about a woman's body in a variety of intricate fashions. It is light and the closeness of its meshing allows it to follow closely the contours of a woman's body. It is unbreakable. It may be worn with or without clothing. By means of small clips, snap clips or lock clips, it may be used to secure as well as adorn a woman.
Guardsman of Gor     Book 16     Page 281


The chain was now secured with snap clips, which are usually perfectly adequate, as the girl, as she is chained, cannot reach or undo the snaps. I had also, however, purchased a set of lock clips, which are useful in some chaining situations or out-of-doors, where, say, one would not wish a stranger to be able to gag the slave, undo the clips and carry her off from where, perhaps, she has been chained to a post.
Guardsman of Gor     Book 16     Page 283


The common leash has a snap clip, sometimes a locking one.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 127


This chain was some seven feet in length. There was a lock clip at one end and a collar at the other.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 390


Slide-rings, too, it might be mentioned, can be locked shut, either with their own locks, or, more commonly, with external clip locks.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 391




 


Collar Lock - Double Bolt
To The Top

The lock on the back of the collar had a double bolt, the double bolt, however, responding to a single key.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 179


I felt her jam another key into the lock on the back of my collar. She twisted the key, freeing the single-action double bolt.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 141


The lock on the back of the collar had a double bolt, the double bolt, however, responding to a single key.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 179




 


Collar, Lock
To The Top

I took from my tunic the key my father had given me, the key to Sana's collar. I reached to the lock behind her neck, inserted the key and turned it, springing open the mechanism. I jerked the collar away from her throat and threw it and the key from the tarn's back and watched them fly downward in a long, graceful parabola.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 71

It was a collar like most others, of steel, secured with a small, heavy lock which closed behind the girl's neck.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 35

Kamchak lifted from the box an object indeed intended to grace the throat of a girl. But it was a round metal ring, a Turian collar, the collar of a slave. There was a firm snap of the heavy lock in the back of the collar and the throat of Aphris of Turia had been encircled with slave steel!
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 100


She wore a gold, locked collar
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 87


Then, holding me by the hair with his left hand, from behind, I felt a heavy key, which he must have removed from his tunic, thrust deeply into the large collar lock, below my left ear. The heavy collar, with its lock, pushed into the left side of my neck. The key turned. I heard the bolt click back. It made a heavy sound. It must have been a thick, heavy bolt. He dropped the key to the grass and, with both hands, jerking it, opened the collar. He dropped it, with the depending chain, to the grass. I was freed of the collar! I looked at the collar. It was the first time I had seen it. As I had surmised, it matched the chain. It was heavy, circular, of black iron, hinged, efficient, practical, frightening. It bore a staple and stout loop. One link of the chain was fastened about the loop. The loop was circular, and about two and one half inches in width.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 21


I felt him thrust a key into the small, heavy lock at the back of my collar.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 305


To be sure, there, below her hair, at the back of her neck, at the closure of the steel apparatus on her neck, there was a small, heavy, sturdy lock. I saw the keyhole. It would take a tiny key.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 47


I gently parted her hair, putting it delicately on either side of her neck. In this way I could see the collar on her neck, and the small, sturdy lock at the back of the neck.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 373


The collar was closed at the back of her neck with a small, heavy lock.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 220




 


Collar, Lock - Kur
To The Top

I saw the Kur who held the leashes of the caught bond-maids dragging the girls from the hall. He held the leashes, several in each hand, of more than forty catches. The collars were of thick leather, with metal insert locks, flat metal bolts slipping, locking, into spring catches; when closed, two rectangular metal plates adjoined; sewn into each collar was a light, welded metal ring; about this was closed the leash snap; the action of the leash snap was mechanical but, apparently, it was beyond the strength of a woman to open it.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 211


She approached me. From my pouch I drew forth a leather Kur collar, with its lock, and, sewn in leather, its large, rounded ring. "What is it?" she asked, apprehensively. I took it behind her neck, and then, closing it about her throat, thrust the large, flattish bolt, snapping it, into the locking breech. The two edges of metal, bordered by the leather, fitted closely together. The collar is some three inches in height. The girl must keep her chin up. "It is the collar of a Kur cow," I told her.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 275




 


Collar, Lock - Seven-Bolt
To The Top

The key to the sales collar was placed into my hand by one of the cage attendants. I saw the snug fit of the steel on her throat. It was incredibly exciting. She could not remove it. Then, sweating, getting a grip on myself, hurriedly, fumbling, I thrust the tiny key into the lock.

"Master?" she asked, frightened.

"Do not call me 'Master'!" I said, almost shouting. My voice choked.

Men looked at us.

I turned the key and opened the tiny, heavy, single-action, seven-bolt lock on the collar. Each of the bolts is said to stand for one of the letters in the spelling of 'Kajira', the most common Gorean expression for a slave girl.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Pages 86 - 87




 


Collar, Lock - Seven-Pin
To The Top

At that time the plate collar was opened by one of the metal workers and replaced with a seven-pin lock collar.

The common female slave collar on Gor has a seven-pin lock. There are, incidentally, seven letters in the most common Gorean expression for female slave, Kajira.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 294

About my throat, snugly, there was a graceful, gleaming band of steel.
Gathering my wits I simply reached behind my neck to release the catch, and remove it. My fingers fumbled. I could not find the release. I turned it slowly, carefully, because it fitted rather closely. I examined it in the mirror. There was no release, no catch. Only a small, heavy lock, and a place where a tiny key might fit.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 7




 


Combination Lock
To The Top

Also, combination locks are not unknown, but they are infrequently found. The most common combination lock consists of a set of lettered rings which conceal a bolt. When the letters are properly aligned the bolt may be withdrawn. Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52




 


Cylinder Lock
To The Top

The small, heavy lock on a girl's slave collar, incidentally, may be of several varieties, but almost all are cylinder locks, either of the pin or disk variety. In a girl's collar lock there would be either six pins or six disks, one each, it is said, for each letter in the Gorean word for female slave, Kajira;
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 51




 


Disk Lock
To The Top

Most of these locks, interestingly, though hand-crafted, are of the pin-tumbler variety, secured by a set of heavy pins extending into the lock plug; when the key is inserted the pins, of various lengths, are lifted to the surface of the lock plug, freeing it, so that when the key turns the plug may rotate, thereby moving the bolt. There are a number of other forms of lock also found upon occasion, a common variety being the disk lock in which moving disks, rather than pins are used.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 50 - 51




 


Flame Lock
To The Top

"The letter itself was destroyed, and nearly took me with it," I said.

"You were warned to discard the letter," said Misk. "It was saturated with Flame Lock, and its combustion index was set for twenty Ehn following opening."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Pages 127 - 128




 


Golden-Plated Lock
To The Top


"It is all there," she said, indicating it with her head, "in those packs. The gold is in a small coffer, one bound with bands of iron, one studded with silver, that closed with a heavy golden-plated lock, in the first pack."
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 194




 


Heavy Lock
To The Top

The small, heavy lock on a girl's slave collar, incidentally, may be of several varieties, but almost all are cylinder locks, either of the pin or disk variety. In a girl's collar lock there would be either six pins or six disks, one each, it is said, for each letter in the Gorean word for female slave, Kajira;
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 51


I had locked myself in the slave cage. When I had flung down the vertically sliding gate behind me, two notched projections, bolts, welded to the flat bar at the gate's bottom had slipped into iron-enclosed spring catches, heavy locks, one on the bottom left, one on the bottle right, the gate being thus secured. I could not open these locks. They responded to a key, slung on the string about the neck of Thurnus.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 182


Both gates, however, were double locked, with square heavy locks. Two keys would be required for each. The gates were separated by about twenty feet. An ornate corridor could be seen beyond, with vases and carpeting. I looked at the two heavy locks on the innermost gate.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 258


Then he shut the heavy lid of the trunk. In another moment I heard the turning of keys in two heavy locks.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 237


I glanced down to Yanina. She lay on her stomach, on some furs I had thrown before the barred gate. Her hands, palms down, on the soft furs, were at the sides of her head. There was now a chain on her neck. I had found it in the apartments. It was some eight feet in length. It was padlocked about her neck, a heavy lock under her chin, and when I wished, as now, not wanting it for a leash or alternative tether, it was fastened by a similar lock about the bars of the gate, near its foot.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 379


I heard a key being thrust in a heavy lock, and the lock being opened, it seemed loudly, abruptly.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 96


When I was inside he shut the door and I heard it secured, with heavy locks.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 433




 


Heavy Ornate Lock
To The Top

Some locks, on the compartments of rich persons, or on the storehouses of merchants, the treasuries of cities, and so on, are knife locks or poison locks; the knife lock, when tampered with, releases a blade, or several of them, with great force, sometimes from behind the individual at the lock. On the other hand, knife locks are seldom effective against an individual who knows what to look for. Much more dangerous is the poison lock, because the opening through which the tiny pins, usually coated with a paste formed from kanda root, can emerge can be extremely small, almost invisible to the eye, easy to overlook in the crevices and grillwork of the commonly heavy, ornate Gorean lock.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52


Door after door I passed, most with the heavy ornate locks, some secured merely with the signature knots of lowly men, or even slaves.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 400




 


Highly Ornate
To The Top

Most doors giving entry into a compartment, or set of compartments, on Gor do, however, have locks, generally hand-crafted, highly ornate locks, usually set in the center of the door and controlling a long bolt.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 50




 


Iron Belt
To The Top

The White Silk Girls, of course, having been released from the house, would have been placed in locked, iron belts.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 147


I wore the slave oval locked about my belly, and was neck chained.

The slave oval is a hinged iron loop which locks about a girl's waist. Two wrist rings, on sliding loops, are fitted on the oval. It also has a welded ring on the back, through which a slave bolt may be snapped, fastening the girl to a wall or object, or through which a chain might be passed. My wrists were locked in the wrist rings.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 324




 


Knife Lock
To The Top

Some locks, on the compartments of rich persons, or on the storehouses of merchants, the treasuries of cities, and so on, are knife locks or poison locks; the knife lock, when tampered with, releases a blade, or several of them, with great force, sometimes from behind the individual at the lock. On the other hand, knife locks are seldom effective against an individual who knows what to look for.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52




 


Knot Lock
To The Top

I was not altogether without an expedient, however, as, upon examination, I discovered that the door had, as well as the latch string hole, another small hole bored below the latch bar, doubtless put there by someone who had used the room before myself.
. . .

She knelt and watched me as I took one of the thongs and sat cross-legged by the door, and split it carefully over the edge of my sword. I now had, in effect, a piece of boskhide cord. I then looped the cord over the latch bar and then put both ends of the cord through the small hole, so they dangled on the outside of the door. I then swung the door inward.

"Suppose," I said, "I now tied a relatively fair-sized knot with these two ends of the cord."

Elizabeth looked at the cords for a moment. "Then," she said, "you would have tied the latch bar down, so it could not be lifted with the latch string."

I smiled. Elizabeth was quick, always quick. In tying such a knot, with the cord looped on the inside about the latch bar, and the knot too large to slip through the hole, I would have fastened the bar down.

"But someone could untie the knot," she pointed out, "and enter."

"Of course," I said, looking at her.

She looked at me for a moment, puzzled. Then suddenly her face broke into a smile and she clapped her hands. "Yes!" she laughed. "Marvelous!" Elizabeth was one of quickest girls I had ever known. She, of Earth, had never heard of this trick, and yet, from the barest of hints, she had understood what could be done.

"Observe," I said. I then took the two dangling cords and began to tie what must have seemed to her an incredible knot. "Actually," I informed her, as I continued to weave the cords together in an ever larger and more complex fashion, "this is only a fifty-seven turn knot. It is, however, my own invention, though I never thought I'd need it. This trick was taught to me by Andreas of Tor, years ago, of the Caste of Singers, for doors in the city of Tor are commonly of this variety. His own knot was a sixty-two turn knot, father's was seventy-one; one of his brothers used a hundred, and four turn knot, which, as I recall, Andreas thought a bit pretentious."

"It is always the same knot though," said Elizabeth.

"Yes," I said, "each man has his own knot, as distinctive as a signature, and each knot is his own secret Only he can tie it, and, more importantly only he knows the reverse turns by which that knot, provided it has been untouched, is untied."

"Anyone then," said Elizabeth, "could untie the knot."

"Surely," I said. "The problem is to reconstruct the knot after it has been untied."

"The owner of the compartment," said Elizabeth, "returning to the compartment and untying the knot can tell immediately whether or not it is his own knot."

"Correct," I said.

"And thus he knows," said Elizabeth, "whether or not the compartment has been entered in his absence."
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 53 - 54




 


Leash Lock
To The Top

then I unlocked the slave leash and threw it, with its key, also to the side of the room.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 250


I checked the bracelets, and the leash lock, of the Lady Constanzia.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 412


At least, she was not in a lock leash, of chain or leather, or in a locked snap-leash that might be attached to her collar.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 649




 


Lock Gag
To The Top

She was naked except for her collar and a leather-and-metal lock gag. Her mouth was closed.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 347


She was naked except for her collar and a leather-and-metal lock gag. Her mouth was closed. I saw the curved metal bars, rounded, about a quarter of an inch in diameter, emerging from the sides of her mouth. By means of a ratchet and pawl arrangement the device is fitted to the individual girl. It locks behind the back of the neck. It cannot be removed, even though the girl's hands are free.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Pages 347 - 348


The fellow with her drew forth from his pouch a lock gag.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 465


There are several varieties of lock-gags. One common variety consists of a short, leather-sheathed metal chain which, at its center, passes through a heavy ball-like packing. The packing is thrust back in the slave's mouth, over the tongue, filling the oral orifice, making it impossible for her to do more than moan or whimper. The two ends of the short chain are then drawn back, tightly, back between the teeth, this holding the packing in place. The ends of the chain are then taken back about the sides of the neck and brought together behind the back of the neck where they are fastened together with a small padlock. The gag's dislodgment must then, since it is locked on the slave, await the master's pleasure. Another common variety of lock-gag involves a pair of narrow, rounded, curved, hinged rods, the hinge embedded in a heavy, leather, ball-like packing. This packing, as before, is inserted into the slave's mouth and thrust back, over the tongue, denying her any capacity to speak. The rods, which are back, between the teeth, holding the packing in place, curve back about the sides of the face and meet behind the back of the neck, where the ends may lock together, or, if a padlock is used, be locked together. An advantage of a lock-gag is, of course, that the slave, while totally unable to speak, may yet attend to whatever other duties her master may set her.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 134




 


Locking Device
To The Top

I went to her who was now the first girl in the chain, she who had been last to be chained. There was, seemingly left over, the yard of chain, coiled on the grass, attached to the front of her ankle ring. It may be used, of course, to fasten the entire chain about, or to, some suitable object, a pillar, a stanchion, a wagon wheel, a tree, a column in a market colonnade, a post in a bazaar, one of the heavy slave rings, set, in the ground generally found at the edges of a square in a Gorean city. But, that it not impede the girl, I picked it up and, with the locking device through one of the links in the chain, fastened it about her left wrist. She could carry it that way until it was needed.

One key, incidentally, serves for an entire set of ankle rings and locking devices. The key had been in the crate with its set of Harl rings. I dropped the key in my pouch.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 209




 


Locking Scroll Bin
To The Top

She sprang up and returned to the office of Caprus, who was closing the top of the desk before which he stood. She replaced the scrolls in the pigeonholes of a scroll bin and Caprus slid the cover over the bin and locked it, and then with a word to him, she lightly ran past us and disappeared down the hall.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 119 - 120




 


Locking Sheath
To The Top

"There is little point in eying my dagger," said Pyrrhus, "for the sheath is locked, and you do not know the releasing touch."
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 175


Cabot took the sheath and dagger from Archon and tried to draw the blade. It was frozen in the sheath. Of course, thought Cabot, it is locked in place. There is a releasing touch. The touch would have to be simple, to be quickly applied, and it would doubtless be indexed to a six-digited paw.

Cabot then gestured to Archon to approach, and he held the hilt in his right hand, placing his five fingers in five of the six depressions in the hilt, and took Archon's hand and placed one of his fingers on the sixth depression. The touch, thought Cabot, cannot be a simple grasp, but it must be nearly so, to be such as could be applied with a moment's notice. He then pressed his own fingers and the finger of Archon into the depressions swiftly, twice. The dagger sprang free from the sheath and there was a cry of wonder from Archon, and the others. Cabot then held aloft the Kur blade, nice inches in length, tapered, grooved to allow slippage and a path for blood, and wickedly sharp.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 180




 


Locks for Doors, Sheds, Chambers, Compartments, Cages, Cells
To The Top

A door on one of the sheds, its lock broken, swung loose on its hinges, banging in the wind.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 176


"He locked me in my chambers, but the High Initiate of the City came with warriors and they broke into our compartments and beat my father until he could not move and I went gladly with them."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 71


Some of these cases were occupied by Muls, male or female, sometimes both. Unlike the case in Misk's compartment and others I had seen, these were apparently locked.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 190


"Is there another key?" I asked the Attendant.

"No," he said.

"What if I should lose this?" I asked.

"The plastic of the case," said the Attendant, "is cage plastic and the lock is a cage lock, so it would be better not to lose it."

"But if I should?" I asked.

"In time I think we could cut through with heat torches," said the Attendant.

"I see," I said. "Has it ever been done?" I asked.

"Once," said the Attendant, "and it took several months but there is no danger because we feed and water them from I the outside."
. . .

I slid the plastic door down and clicked it into place.

I turned the key in the lock and heard the firm, heavy snap of the mechanism.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 199 and 203


so I went to the doors of the chamber, which were locked on the inside, and thrust up the latching mechanism.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 270


I leaped inside the door of the keep and swung it shut. Just as I did so the bolt of a crossbow struck the door and splintered through it, its head projecting some six inches on my side. I then flung the two bars in position, which locked the door,
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 227


Most doors giving entry into a compartment, or set of compartments, on Gor do, however, have locks, generally hand-crafted, highly ornate locks, usually set in the center of the door and controlling a long bolt.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 50
Then, a few moments later, I heard a key, large, and heavy, turned in the lock to my door.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 16


He opened, it seemed, a panel of some sort. I heard a key thrust in a lock, and turned. The locking mechanism, you see, is not visible from the cell. It is somewhere outside, and, I conjectured, protected in a paneled niche.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 142


Why, I asked myself, would such a man be kept here, in this low corridor, in a five-lock cell, with five chains on his body?
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 375


Both Aynur and I were helpless. We might as well have been chained in a market, or have been in heavily barred, triple-locked capture cages.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 681


Behind me I heard the doors of the courtyard swing shut. I heard the beam, locking it, fall in place.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 64


Then I sensed, outside, a large body lift itself to its feet, and turn, slowly, toward the door of my cell.

I sensed then that it stood before the door of my cell. I could not take my eyes from the small window in the door. I saw nothing outside. Yet I sensed that it stood there, and that it was looking through the bars.

I heard the key move in the lock.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 118


I had locked myself in the slave cage. When I had flung down the vertically sliding gate behind me, two notched projections, bolts, welded to the flat bar at the gate's bottom had slipped into iron-enclosed spring catches, heavy locks, one on the bottom left, one on the bottle right, the gate being thus secured. I could not open these locks. They responded to a key, slung on the string about the neck of Thurnus.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 182


I put the heavy key into the lock on the door, and opened it.
Guardsman of Gor     Book 16     Page 101


There was one gate to our pen. It was secured with two locks, padlocks, and chains.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 362


When I was inside he shut the door and I heard it secured, with heavy locks.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 433


There we had backed her into a slave locker, reached by a catwalk, on all fours, inserted the coin, a tarsk bit, turned and removed the key. It is a simple device, not unlike the slave boxes used in certain storage areas. Unlike the slave boxes they do not require the immediate services of an attendant. The lockers open outward, as opposed to the slave boxes, which open upward. The lockers, thus, like slave cages, may be tiered. The gate of the locker, like the lid of the slave box, is perforated for the passage of air, usually, like the slave box, with a design in the form of a cursive 'Kef', the first letter of 'Kajira', the most common Gorean expression, among several, for a female slave.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 67


Then, a few moments later, I heard a key, large, and heavy, turned in the lock to my door.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 16


He opened, it seemed, a panel of some sort. I heard a key thrust in a lock, and turned. The locking mechanism, you see, is not visible from the cell. It is somewhere outside, and, I conjectured, protected in a paneled niche.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 142


She heard the attendant summoned and, in moments, heard the key turn in the two locks which secured the cage.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 634




 


Manacles
To The Top

I fumbled through the officer's pouch and found the key to the manacles. It was hard to put the key in the lock, restrained as I was.

"Let me," said Talena, and took the key and opened the lock. I threw the manacles to the ground, rubbing my wrists.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 105


I checked the shackling on her ankles. The shackles were lock shackles. They fitted nicely, closely, about her ankles. Their staples were separated by about eighteen inches of chain, more than enough. I pulled her wrists down to me. They wore lock manacles. Their fit was snug, efficient, inescapable. The staples on the manacles were separated by some twelve inches of chain.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 62


I checked the shackling on her ankles. The shackles were lock shackles. They fitted nicely, closely, about her ankles. Their staples were separated by about eighteen inches of chain, more than enough. I pulled her wrists down to me. They wore lock manacles. Their fit was snug, efficient, inescapable.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 62


There was the sound of a key thrust into the lock of the manacle, and turned, that by a second attendant.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 476




 


Massive Locks
To The Top

Many doors in Brundisium, particularly in the more impecunious quarters, are tied shut, often by a leather cord tied about two staples, one on the door and the other on the jamb.
. . .
In more prosperous areas, generally farther from the waterfront and the warehouse district, metal locks, answering to metal keys, are more common. Some of these locks are massive, with corresponding keys. Indeed, the keys might function as weapons.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 552




 


Pack / Pouch Lock
To The Top

I placed the Home Stone in the saddle pack, snapping the lock shut, and then reached down to haul in the mounting ladder.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 80


I noted the pouch had a lock. It would not, thus, be easy to open it and examine, or remove, the contents.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 105




 


Padlock
To The Top

They were joined together by a length of chain that had been, by means of two padlocks, fastened about their throats.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 267


Padlocks, it might be mentioned, are common on Gor. Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52


A heavy steel padlock was attached to the chain. The tongue of this lock had been placed about the steel collar, between the metal and the back of her neck, and snapped shut. The tongue was thick and the lock must have weighed a quarter of a pound.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 394


The box, about a foot wide and deep, and two feet long, floating, heavy, almost entirely submerged, with an ornate ring lock, rubbed against the side of the canoe. By its metal handles I drew it into the canoe. With the back of one of the heavy pangas I struck loose the ring lock. There were varieties of ring locks. This one was a combination padlock, in which numbers, inscribed on rotating metal disks, fitted together, are to be properly aligned, this permitting the free extraction of the bolt. This, as is the case with most single-alignment ring locks, was not a high-security lock. The materials in the box, I was confident, would not be of great value. The numbers on the lock were in Gorean.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 292


Nearby there were four girls in a plank collar. This is formed from two boards into which matching semicircles have been cut. The two boards are connected and supported by five flat, sliding U-irons; when the U-irons are slid back, the collar is opened. When they are slid into place, and the two leaves are bolted together, the collar is closed. Two hasps with staples, secured with padlocks, occur, too, at opposite ends of the planks. These lock the collar.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 69


I glanced down to Yanina. She lay on her stomach, on some furs I had thrown before the barred gate. Her hands, palms down, on the soft furs, were at the sides of her head. There was now a chain on her neck. I had found it in the apartments. It was some eight feet in length. It was padlocked about her neck, a heavy lock under her chin, and when I wished, as now, not wanting it for a leash or alternative tether, it was fastened by a similar lock about the bars of the gate, near its foot.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 379


I looked about, for a loose chain. In a moment or two I had found one, near another slave ring. I looped it in my hand, and carried it to the ring near my mat. The key, the same key fitting both the padlock-type terminations of the chain, was in one of the locks. I crouched down beside Louise and looped one end of the chain about her neck, where I locked it snugly in place with one of the padlock-type terminations.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 368


This chain was locked on me with a heavy padlock, from the back.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 296




 


Pin-Tumbler Lock
To The Top

Most of these locks, interestingly, though hand-crafted, are of the pin-tumbler variety, secured by a set of heavy pins extending into the lock plug; when the key is inserted the pins, of various lengths, are lifted to the surface of the lock plug, freeing it, so that when the key turns the plug may rotate, thereby moving the bolt.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 50




 


Pit Lock
To The Top

Another form of lock difficult to guard against is the pit lock, because of the natural crevices in Gorean tiling commonly found in corridors of cylinders; when tampered with a trap falls away beneath the individual, dropping him to a pit below, usually containing knives fixed in stone, but upon occasion osts, or half-starved sleen or water tharlarion; sometimes, however, the pit may be simply a smooth-sided capture pit, so that the individual may later be interrogated and tortured at length.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52


He grinned up at me. "In attempting to enter the compartments of Cernus he triggered a pit-lock device, and plunged twenty feet into a smooth-sided capture pit. We drew him out at our convenience."
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 394




 


Poison Lock
To The Top

Some locks, on the compartments of rich persons, or on the storehouses of merchants, the treasuries of cities, and so on, are knife locks or poison locks; the knife lock, when tampered with, releases a blade, or several of them, with great force, sometimes from behind the individual at the lock. On the other hand, knife locks are seldom effective against an individual who knows what to look for. Much more dangerous is the poison lock, because the opening through which the tiny pins, usually coated with a paste formed from kanda root, can emerge can be extremely small, almost invisible to the eye, easy to overlook in the crevices and grillwork of the commonly heavy, ornate Gorean lock.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52




 


Priest-King Cage Lock
To The Top

"Is there another key?" I asked the Attendant.
"No," he said.
"What if I should lose this?" I asked.
"The plastic of the case," said the Attendant, "is cage plastic and the lock is a cage lock, so it would be better not to lose it."
"But if I should?" I asked.
"In time I think we could cut through with heat torches," said the Attendant.
"I see," I said. "Has it ever been done?" I asked.
"Once," said the Attendant, "and it took several months but there is no danger because we feed and water them from I the outside."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 199




 


Ring Lock
To The Top

A ring lock was placed through the Turian collar, which I wore at the time, and a link in the slaver's chain, and then snapped shut, securing me on the chain by the collar, with the others.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 281


The box, about a foot wide and deep, and two feet long, floating, heavy, almost entirely submerged, with an ornate ring lock, rubbed against the side of the canoe. By its metal handles I drew it into the canoe. With the back of one of the heavy pangas I struck loose the ring lock. There were varieties of ring locks. This one was a combination padlock, in which numbers, inscribed on rotating metal disks, fitted together, are to be properly aligned, this permitting the free extraction of the bolt. This, as is the case with most single-alignment ring locks, was not a high-security lock. The materials in the box, I was confident, would not be of great value. The numbers on the lock were in Gorean.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 292




 


Ship's Lock
To The Top

I backed from her and then, turning, tried the door. She had been locked within, as I had speculated. From the inside, then, scarcely taking my eyes from her, I dropped the heavy bar into place, in its brackets, securing the door from the inside. I then, with its chain and ship's lock, secured the bar in place.
Guardsman of Gor     Book 16     Page 60




 


Sirik
To The Top

She lifted up some loops of chain; there were linked ankle rings and linked wrist rings, and a lock collar, all connected by a length of gleaming chain running from the collar. It was rather lovely. It was too small for a man. I knew, however, it would fit me, perfectly, "Sirik," said Eta.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 83


"Put Slave Beads in a Sirik," said my master. Swiftly my master's new girl was locked in the light, gleaming Sirik. The collar clasped her throat; a chain dangled from the collar; her small wrists were locked in the slave bracelets fixed on the dangling chain, and the dangling chain, itself, looped down to a short chain and pair of ankle rings, to which it was gracefully fastened at a sliding ring. The ankle rings were then closed about the lovely ankles of Slave Beads, and locked. She was helpless in Sirik.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 158




 


Slave Bracelets - Fetters
To The Top

The girls were chained throat to throat, their wrists locked behind the small of their backs with slave bracelets,
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 13


Two of the men of Torvaldsland had, from their left shoulder to their right hip, that their right arms be less I impeded, a chain formed of slave bracelets; each pair of bracelets locked at each end about one of the bracelets of another pair, the whole thus forming a circle. Now they removed this chain of bracelets, and, one by one, removed the pairs, closing them about the small wrists, behind their backs, of the female captives, now bond-maids. These bracelets were of the sort used to hold women in the north. They are less ornate and finely tooled than those available in the south. But they are satisfactory for their purpose. They consist of curve, hinged bands of black iron, three quarters of an inch in width and a quarter inch in thickness. On one of each of the two curved pieces constituting a bracelet there is a welded ring; the two welded rings are joined by a single link, about an inch in width counting both sides, each of which is about a quarter of an inch in diameter, and three inches long. Some of the girls cried out with pain as the fetters, locking, bit into their wrists.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 46


Before her body he locked her wrists in three-link slave bracelets.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 144


I thrust the tiny key into the locks on the slave bracelets and, with two small, heavy clicks, and an opening of metal, removed them from her. I put the key, with the wire, and the bracelets, on the bench.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 96


On her wrist was a golden bracelet, belled. I saw the small lock, with its key socket, on the bracelet She could not remove it.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 12




 


Slave Hobble
To The Top

They had found, however, only girls, slaves, their right wrists and left ankles locked in five-link slave hobbles.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 84




 


Slave Hood
To The Top

I observed her, and she interests me. I shall, therefore, before she leaves the home, use her myself, but she will not know who it is whom she serves, for when I visit her from time to time she will be locked in a slave hood.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 184

Many slave hoods, and those at the site of the old camp were among these, combine the advantages of the blindfold and gag. They fit entirely over the girl's head and buckle under the chin, about the neck. Some are of leather, others of canvas. Some lock.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 208


Sometimes men fight locked in iron hoods, unable to see their opponents.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 189


The leather, sacklike thing was drawn over my head, and, with the belt, drawn shut under my chin. It was apparently buckled shut. Then I heard a tiny sound of metal, and the click of a small lock.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 44




 


Slave Sack
To The Top

I saw Hercon lift up, and shake out, a large, folded leather sack. It was heavy, dark, long, and narrow. It had straps, and a lock, at one end.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 49




 


Sleeve Lock
To The Top

Both gates, however, were double locked, with square heavy locks. Two keys would be required for each. The gates were separated by about twenty feet. An ornate corridor could be seen beyond, with vases and carpeting. I looked at the two heavy locks on the innermost gate.

"They cannot be picked," said Sucha. "They are sleeve locks. The sleeve prevents the direct entry of a wire or pick. Too, within the sleeve there is a plug, a rounded, metal cone, which must be unscrewed before the key can be inserted. A wire or pick could not turn the cone."
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 258




 


Snap Lock
To The Top

He unlooped the long leash at his belt, with its slip ring and snap lock.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 394

He kept her on her stomach by the bath and slipped the leather loop of the leash over her head. Quickly his large, efficient hands shortened the loop, sliding the slip ring to a snug fit, then securing it in place, preventing its backward movement, with the snap lock. The leash could then tighten, functioning as a locked choke leash, but could not loosen.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 397


The man who had held the stake then took a snap collar, with chain and snap lock, about a yard in length, and secured the girl, on her knees, by the neck, to the stake.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 145




 


Square Lock
To The Top

Both gates, however, were double locked, with square heavy locks. Two keys would be required for each. The gates were separated by about twenty feet. An ornate corridor could be seen beyond, with vases and carpeting. I looked at the two heavy locks on the innermost gate.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 258




 


Thrust Lock
To The Top

The curved metal bars, well back between the teeth, where they cannot be slipped, holding the wadding in place, close behind the back of the neck. To these same bars, in front, is attached the binding. This binding is of thick, supple leather; it fits snugly, closely, to the contours of a girl's face and mouth; it had been drawn back, tight, on me; that is the way such things are worn; on the outside it is covered with hinged metal plates. It also, like the curving bars, goes behind the back of the neck. The whole then, the wadding bar, anchored deeply behind the teeth, holding the wadding in place, and the binding, with its protective plates, is secured with a single-thrust lock.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Pages 465 - 466


He then turned to me and pulled my head up by the hair. He saw the hinged metal plates across my mouth, those attached to the gag's leather binding, the curved bars, inserted deeply between my teeth, emerging then at the sides of my mouth, curving about my neck, the whole locked behind the back of my neck, secured there with a thrust-lock.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 484




 


Trunk Lock
To The Top

I went to his locker near the mat and got out his Ka-la-na flask, taking a long draught myself and then shoving it into his hands.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 168


In some such ships, the men sit not on benches, but on their own large, locked sea chests, fixed in place, using them as benches.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 32


With him the majority of the watchers withdrew as well. The scribe had paid the physician from a small iron box, taken from a locked trunk, a tarsk bit.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 104




 


Vast Ornate Lock
To The Top

many of the doors had locks on them, the vast ornate locks in the center of the door, so common in the northern cities;
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 392
























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