Morts has only been out for two days, and already the people are demanding more! Or at least, one person is asking for more. Part of the Morts universe is the Kim test, a simple five-question test used to determine whether an undead person is sentient and therefore eligible for citizenship in Cascadia.
The test itself didn't make it to the book; 15000 words is not a lot of words, after all, so it ended up on the cutting room floor alongside, well, a lot of things. Advanced necromancy rules, fuller explorations of Davis and the CRU, entire regional powers (including Missoula and Japan, both of which get relegated to offhand references), and four--that's right, four!--entire classes of the undead, with both monstrous and playable versions.
(Infected, soulbound, grundies, and spec-tech, for anyone interested).
But while most of those things were abandoned relatively early on, and exist only as half-legible scrawlings in a notebook somewhere which could only be interpreted in my head, the Kim test has actual questions, and is pretty easy to put into words. Now, I'm of the general belief that things that don't make it to the book are inherently non-canon... it's one reason I take umbrage with JK Rowling. So the following questions are not "What the Kim test is." Rather, they're "An example of what the Kim test could be."
The Kim Test
To be performed by a morticians' station head or other authorized representative. Please note that attacking one's interviewer is grounds for immediate disqualification.
1) Can you say your full name?
(Purpose: To ensure that the interviewee is lucid and communicative).
2) Please answer the following arithmetic problem: 3 + 1 * 2 = ?
(Purpose: To ensure a baseline level of intelligence and awareness. 5 and 8 are both considered acceptable answers, and the interviewee is allowed to count on their fingers or any fingers they have on their person).
3) To the best of your recollection, please describe the cause of your death.
(Purpose: To ensure that the interviewee is aware that they are deceased. Most important for ghosts, although there are stubborn revenants out there who will insist they're just a bit under the weather, even as they've got a hole the size of a basketball through their chest).
4) On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "not at all" and 10 being "intense overwhelming desire," how would you categorize your interest in killing me and feasting on my flesh or organs?
(Generally 6 is the cutoff, although exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis).
5) If you become a Cascadian citizen, do you promise to uphold and follow all the laws of this country, including, but not limited to, a complete prohibition on cannibalism, human sacrifice, and revenge-murders?