I realize this is a very strange and seemingly useless question, but hear me out on this. I've recently been assessing more creative uses of spells that seem useless in combat but may be made useful under the right conditions. I ran into the spell allfood. It's a rather useful spell that can turn anything into a consumable food so long as it falls within the weight parameters of the spell: 5 lbs. per caster level. Of course, the limitations on this spell are huge in that an attended item gets a Will save to negate the effect and SR must be overcome.
The way I see it, it should be possible for a character to disarm their opponents, steal their weapons, and make those weapons into food to be eaten. But there's the devil in the details, specifically for the act of eating. Eating food seems to be an out-of-combat task that's to be done during rests, so no rules seem to cover how long eating takes or if it's even feasible to do so in combat.
The first question: What action should it be? According to the rules, it seems like a standard action would be necessary to hold a weapon and bite into it, much like how you hold an enemy and attack it in a grapple, only the object (usually) won't fight back in this case. However, it could be argued that it should be a full-round action. Obviously, despite whatever action it may take, the action should provoke attacks of opportunity.
And that's about the only simple part of this whole ordeal that I can reason out, and even that's not decisive. The rest of the details seem to be very difficult to find information on if any info exists. These details are as follows:
- How much damage does eating deal to the object? As the allfood spell states, the hardness is dropped to 0 only for the sole purpose of eating the affected object (and not damaging the object in any other way) so the damage should affect the object's hit points directly, but what is that damage and how is it calculated?
- Can a creature with a bite natural attack use it to eat a weapon that is under the effects of allfood and have its bite damage bypass the hardness of the weapon, or would this be considered a sunder action that would still take the object's hardness into account?