Shade and I were spitballing about the Phamysht on Discord, and I just wanted to post the thought here so it would get seen, as I thought it was a potential interesting idea if @frogboy and co are remotely interested in maybe extending it and exploring it in the adventure game. In the vein of the whole "aliens may not be very relatable to our own ideals" etc.
We were talking about the Phamysht exchanging members of their own species to be food, and I proposed the idea that their species might be caste based (like ants etc) and that there could be a special caste who are purely bred to be eaten.
Here's the cool bit (IMO) - if you were the kind of species who would eat members of your own species, the tastier ones would probably tend to devolve over time (since their senses don't do anything and thus are no biological benefit) and in fact would probably be selected away (given the choice, people might prefer to eat something without eyes or the ability to cry as you tuck in, so those would get bred more etc, and they would actually be evolved away from sentience through artificial selection). So you end up with a caste that is essentially just a meatsack. It's technically still part of your species, but has been selectively bred out of sentience (and into being super tasty)
But even more horrifying is the idea that they may have only been selectively bred away from having the *ability* to complain while you're eating them or look at you and shed a tear, but they may actually still have fully functioning brains in there which suffer through the entire eating/digestion process but have no ability to express their terror and anguish. Definite shades of "For I have no mouth and I must scream". Either the Phamysht don't actually know this, or they do and don't care, which is whole other levels of messed up.
Anyway, I just wanted to bring it up so it didn't just vanish into the discord ether, as I thought it was something that could be cool to explore as a concept in-game in some fashion.