Torsion Devices

torsion device from the Pyramid Hollow

This is a sketch of one of the torsion devices—that initially I termed “blood squeezers”—that Ykoriana describes and that flank the stair ascending between the tiers in the Pyramid Hollow. The sketch shows a victim within the device. The device consists of a number of strips dangling from a head—like a flaccid squid—that are gathered together and twisted into a single rope that is torsioned by a capstan. On their interior surface, these strips are lined with obsidian hooks. As the device is torsioned, the strips weave tighter and tighter around the victim’s body, so that the hooks dig into his flesh—with the result that, when the device is released, the victim is torn apart. Hideous, but there it is