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Number of the Beast was a Stickleback story which ran from 2000AD Prog 1824 onwards.


After a theft is interrupted the lizard-like creature which was being stolen was caught in an explosion.

Stickleback was revived by Orlando, five years after he died.

Orlando told Stickleback that In the five years since he died the state has appropriated the workshops and warehouses which the Countess Irena Bernoulli had secreted across the country. Those with military applications had been kept by the state, though access had been granted to certain other technologies to such luminaries as Bazalgette and Brunel, who have proceeded to apply what they have learnt to transport, sanitation, communication and commerce.

Professor Challenger had brought back a Saurian Hominid egg from South America, which has been used to breed hundreds of millions of drones.  The Saurian Hominids, or Sorries seem to live for just a few years, are apparently passive, servile and obedient and have been intensively farmed until it is estimated that there are thirty for every human on the planet.  After death, their bodies are ground into meal and fed to the next generation.  Despite their apparent passivity there has been a recent attack on a Sorrie factory.

Stickleback goes to see the White Lotus Empress to see his son, a request which is not granted and leaves the Empress's court with Miss Scarlet.

The creature that was stolen was being kept in a large building where it had been laying eggs.

Stickleback and Miss Scarlet pay a visit on Dr Praetorius where they find out more about the Sorries, before being escorted from the building[1]. They then pay a home visit where they find that Praetorius had stolen some eggs and reared some warrior caste sorries to produce the correct concentration of bio-chemicals. Much more fierce and intelligent than their servant class brethren, nine of them managed to escape, taking with them notes and journals regarding the medication of the queen.[2].

Henry loses control and due to the effects of the Sorrie bio-chemicals, turns into Edward Hide. Before Miss Scarlet subdues him, he kills Dr Praetorius and attacks Stickleback. During her time with the White Lotus Empress protecting her and Stickleback's son, she was trained by great sages and warriors[3].

Creative Team

Script: Ian Edginton

Art: D'Israeli

Letters: Ellie De Ville


London Lord Talbot, a pub


Doctor Orlando Doyle


Countess Irena Bernoulli (referred to)

Professor Challenger (referred to)

Miss Scarlet

The White Lotus Empress


Doctor Septimus Praetorius, a cryptobiologist

Doctor Henry

Edward Hide, alter ego of Henry.


The Brotherhood of the Book

Eckert's Alternatives


Saurian Hominids / Sorries


Judas Silver

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