Do Petitioners need food?

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Do Petitioners need food?

I´ve noticed that a lot of the planes don´t have food at all. But since they do have petitioners, do petitioners just starve or die from dehidration? Or are they simply immune to those needs. I´ve searched everywhere, but there is no mention of this anywhere. Thoughts?

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What does a spirit eat?

Since petitioners correspond to the souls of the dead, I assumed that they were beyond physical needs like hunger. The exception being unless it is due to some eternal punishment in the lower realms and even in those cases, it is only a sensation of hunger, etc. not an actual risk of starvation. E.g. Tantalus in Greek myth was in eternal torment where he could never slack his hungry nor his thirst; but he would never die from the lack of food or water

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On the other hand

If you meant "planars" (mortals that made it to the planes and live there), then yes I think they require food. But I've always reasoned it by:
1) I always imagine a relatively small number of planars on the planes. Petitioners making up most of the residents
2) Most planars wouldn't go to (or survive long on) the harsh Lower Planes, so there are even fewer there. The planars here would have to barter for food (e.g. I'll serve in your Blood War raid if you supply meals)
3) The environments of many of the Upper Planes are conducive to life - in some places, one just has to reach out and he or she finds food
4) The "worst case" scenario in terms of toil would be a place like Arcadia where the people would still need some measure of toil to reap a harvest. But even in these cases, the planars of Arcadia enjoy the toil and the sense of earning their keep

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I'm pretty sure a petitioner

I'm pretty sure a petitioner is an outsider, and thus does not need to eat or sleep, but does need to breathe unless the template is specifically altered otherwise.

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The definition of the denizes

The definition of the denizes of the Planes, (Planescape Campaing Settings book 2nd, pg8) is:
Primes: Outsiders, clueless(All clueless are primes, Not all Primes are clueless), mortals from the prime material plane traveling to other planes and Sigil.
Planars: Born on one of the plane. Baatezu, Archons, Slaads...
Petitioners: prime spirits departed from the material plane, reformed on the plane of his aligment with no recollection of who they are.

If a petitioner is destroyed in the plane of his deity, their essence is fused with the plane. If he is destroyed outside the plane of his deity he is cast into oblivion.

Planars I get. Demons and angels don´t necessarily need food or water. But petitioners look like Primes in almost every aspect. Was wondering if in any book, someone read something that they do need sustenance or don´t. For now, I´m using the "unless is punishement, they don´t need water or food"

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We get descriptions of

We get descriptions of petitioners in several realms, and in many cases they're almost inanimate objects. For instance, in the realm of Shu, a good Egyptian deity with Air in his portfolio, petitioners are sunbeams, warm zephyrs, or motes of light. I'd be almost certain that sunbeams don't eat.

On the other hand, petitioners in the realm of Malar, an evil god of, among other things, hunting, do hunt regularly; they don't need to eat but probably want to and might even starve if unsuccessful in their hunts.