There is a dead pixie that the PCs have been carrying around for a couple of days, and based on an unsubstantiated story they were told* they want to feed it to a PC's giant goat companion. Because it's been unrefrigerated for a couple days the Paladin (Oath of the Crown) prepared Purify Food and Drink so it will be safe to eat:
All nonmagical food and drink within a 5-foot-radius sphere centered on a point of your choice within range is purified and rendered free of poison and disease.
The question is whether or not a pixie corpse meets the required criteria for this spell:
- is it food?
- is it nonmagical?
Since virtually everything organic is food for something else, the definition of food needs some limitation.
I've heard an argument that says since the source of this spell is divine, whatever your god would deem as food is acceptable. However, since our Paladin has no god and her loyalty lies with a dragonborn prince who is game to eat anything, this feels like a loophole. Additionally, whose perspective do you take into account? In this case, the intended consumer is an herbivore (the giant goat), but the Paladin who would be casting it is an omnivore. Does the definition of food matter to the one casting the spell, or the one for whom the food is intended?
For the second criterion, are fey innately magical? If so, do they remain magical after death?
* Someone told them about an ape that devoured pixies and over time mutated into a murderous King Kong–sized monster.