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Ray's numbering

Ray's identification number.

The Numbering on the neck is a standard identification procedure for all children that come to the Grace Field House orphanages. Like animals, they are marked before they reach the farm. These marks are always on the left side of the neck and are always 5-digit numbering. Mamas and Sisters, like any other adult human in the Hierarchy of the demons, have a numbering.

Understanding and Analysis

At first glance, the numbers appear to be random, except for the fact that they all have five digits. However, by reading the numbers back and forth, they have a clear order.

All children at Grace Field House have their numbers ending with 94. Isabella and Krone both have their numbers ending with 84. With this info, it is possible to estimate a birth order.

The diagram below is organized according to the age of the characters.

Person Age Number Reversed
Leslie 34 71584 48517
Isabella 33 73584 48537
Cecille 30 72684 48627
Krone 28 18684 48681
Ray 13 81194 49118
Norman 13 22194 49122
Emma 13 63194 49136
Gilda 12 65194 49156
Don 12 16194 49161
Anna 11 48194 49184
Nat 11 30294 49203
Lani 9 54294 49245
Thoma 9 55294 49255
Dominic 8 07294 49270
Conny 8 48294 49284
Yvette 7 59294 49295
Mark 7 79294 49297
Rossi 7 50394 49305
Chris 7 70394 49307
Jemima 7 31394 49313
Alicia 7 71394 49317
Marnya 6 42394 49324
Hans 6 82394 49328
Naila 6 53394 49335
Jasper 6 04394 49340
Phil 6 34394 49343
Sherry 6 74394 49347
Vivian 5 55394 49355
Chamberlain 5 85394 49358
Eugene 5 46394 49364
Tom 5 66394 49366
Damdin 5 57394 49375
Nina 5 77394 49377
Carol 3 53494 49435

Theories derived from the numbering

There is an estimate quoted in the manga that freight shipments range from 4 to 5 per year per farm plant, with one shipment approximately every 2 months. This would in turn mean that there are 5 shipments each 2 months from the entirety of Grace Field House, or 20 to 25 per year. The 20-year age gap between Isabella and her son Ray indicates that 581 children were born, and presumably shipped out, in this time, which would mean that around 30 children are born each year and in turn fits with there being 6 children of the same age each plantation until the age they can be shipped out, such as the children who were between 3 and 5 years old at the time of the escape in 2046.

Unique Identifiers

It is later revealed that this kind of 'marking' is unique to and used only inside the Grace Field House. The other 3 Premium Farms use other ways to mark the children.[1] This differs greatly from the Factory Farms who use brands to mark their livestock.[2]

Trivia

  • In a commentary on the 12th edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, Kaiu Shirai commented that there were people who already discovered the pattern of the reversed numbers and this surprised him.[3]

References

  1. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 56, page 7
  2. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 56, page 7
  3. "We are still in Volume 2 and people have already deciphered the rule behind the numbers and discovered the ID of the human farm! Fantastic!" "
    - Commentary on Issue 12 of 2017

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