Hi, it’s me again.
There’s something I wanted to share about your Feraltale story and revenants in general. As a speculative biologist (admittedly a beginner) the idea of a pouch like that intrests me.
If they work as you say they do, with swallowing their young (pups? kittens? cubs? hatchlings?) to keep them safe in the pouch, along with also eating food, this means that their digestive system and gag reflex are completely conscious.
Other possible anatomical attributes include: two to four seperate tubes in the mouth, one (the esophagus) leading to the stomach for actual food, the windpipe (if they have one), while the other two lead fo the pouch. One is for going in, the other for spitting out. It’s possible that the “pouch tubes” would be in front of the uvula as to not stimulate the gag reflex. They would also most likely be much stronger and strechier than the esophagus. Or there might only be tube to the pouch, functioning for both entering and exiting.
While the inner lining of a human stomach is mucus (as to keep the hydrochloric acid from disolving it), the lining of a revenant pouch is probably something else. I’d probably compare it to a kangaroo pouch in function, a safe place where the young can grow. This means that like a kangaroo pouch, the young are most likely taken in so they can grow safely. So, I’d fancy a guess that the lining of a revenant pouch is some magic-rich substance to nourish and help facilitate healthy growth. It seems like males have it, but what about females? We haven’t seen any so far? Are there any? Are revenants an androgynous species?
If you want to just write this off as magic, that’s okay too. It’s your species and your story. These are just my musings, feel free to correct or ignore any of this.
Glad to see more people thinking about the biology of things, so have some science and sciencey headcanons for this story.