The Irontree-Lizaphoun Examination was first considered in year 1,258 of the Era of Promise for use in the - at the time theoretical - field of Nontraditional Intelligence.

Named after the pair of theoretical researchers, Rinbauldes Irontree and Liranaia Lizaphoun, the Examination is intended to judge the examinee on a series of 45 seperate items to determine whether or not the examinee may be considered sentient.


As magineered devices, planar constructs and other artficial intelligences - quickly termed Nontraditional Intelligences by the Tealeaf News Network reporter Deanna Tealeaf in year 1,260 of the Era of Promise in an interview with Irontree and Lizaphoun - grew more and more sophisticated, the need to define both sentience and sapience as qualities of life as well as to seek legal definitions for same.


In the year 1,502 of the Era of Promise, the Gnomish Confederated Demarchy enacted legislation which stated (in short) that any "person of Gnomish bodyform able to successfully complete an Irontree-Lizaphoun Examination would qualify for full citizenship, with all rights and responsibilities thereof."

The immediate social backlash resulted in: testing facilities being overwhelmed, former citizens-in-good-standing having their citizenship revoked pending successful testing, the summary dismissal of three standing members of the Gnomish Confederation Council, and the declaration of martial law in the Confederated States of Omitece and Dimehowa to quell riots.