Since I’m dealing with the fox, first point in his defense is that the character of Mr. Fox hasn’t really been established to be a hero or anyone we should esteem as a role model at this point in the story. Right now he strikes me as an anti-hero or an incompetent hero - someone who is trying to do good by evil means, because evil is all he has ever known. He doesn’t know that these means are ineffective at making good happen, so he continues to use them.
That’s the way he is, at best. At worst, he is a villain pretending to be good in order to exploit good people. Evil people do evil things.
Second, whether villains on a kid’s Christian gaming website role-play should be allowed to be that evil is a legitimate question for the moderators. However, I remember that I specifically asked the moderators about having liquid fog in my role-play and that passed moderation without issue - I had it reviewed before posting just in case. The latter would be more severe than the former (I think?) so letting that pass while condemning @Mr_F3’s portrayal of his character strikes me as a double standard.
This has been incorporated into other role plays, as well:
Now you can argue that liquid fog doesn't exist, and I would accept that argument. But then we're letting this pass because it has been Aetherlightized, while alcohol is real-world and isn't 100% entirely evil. I use rubbing alcohol to clean sticker goo off things.
For the third point, the dude at the bar who is serving him alcohol seems to be a villain as well. He doesn’t look like someone who is looking after Mr. Fox’s better interest. Bad company corrupts good character - if Mr. Fox has any good character. Therefore, I don't think Faetrix was encouraging alcoholic beverage consumption with that scene.
Interesting facts about mead though.
Fourth point is that this is a fantasy setting. Fantasy settings are typically portrayed without refrigeration or modern water purification technology. Before those things were invented, water was mixed with alcohol in order to kill bacteria and viruses in the water. This was a common practice on ancient ships, in particular, and we have seen a ship in this role-play already. The minor amount of liver cirrhosis and mental impairment this caused was considered better than getting killed by dysentery and cholera, which was an accurate assessment. This situation is probably the reason behind this verse:
So in ancient times, alcohol did have a medical use. This is at least part of the reason why God did not condemn alcohol when he wrote the Bible. I will not claim to understand the whole of it.
In addition, it was easier to ferment the grapes to make wine than it was to make and preserve straight grape juice. Usually the fermentation process was encouraged for obvious reasons, so it was safe to drink months or years later.
Now, fifth point, in @Abigail_Eggsong's defense - we do have refrigeration in the Aetherlight universe.
wheels over cart of vapor condensers
Cold grape juice, anyone? It tastes better.
The problem is, Mr. Fox's role-play is "ambiguously Aetherlight". We have the wildcard Fox tangling with Lucky's forces. So it seems that if alcohol were to develop in the Aetherlight universe, it would be the sole province of those with evil intent, if it exists at all. And then liquid fog would be a better alternative that makes more sense with the universe, yes? We even have fog-infused water in the Evergreen Meadows that the player cleans up. It's in the game. shrugs
Because in our modern age, with modern refrigeration and modern water purification, there is no need to drink alcohol. We have more effective ways of cleaning our water that don't involve mental impairment and possible premature death from alcoholism and birth defects. Drinking it is merely a recreational activity of questionable safety.
As for the mental effects, alcohol is a depressant. It reduces your excitement, stress, or fear and makes you calmer - the opposite of caffeine. Taking both of those drugs together is very hazardous, and since most people drink caffeine, drinking alcohol these days is a terrible idea. Most people these days don't need much help to become depressed either - all you have to do is turn on the news for that. But watching the news can increase your fear and stress along with your blue, so people still drink to artificially deal with their panic.
Feeling a little blue along with a release from fear and stress can make your head feel clear, like you're thinking clearly. This is why the Proverbs advise giving alcohol to those in distress. It's hard to think when you're panicking, and a little of the ancient stuff can break you out of the panic mode and help you solve your problem. Key word is: a little - too much impairs the brain's function and makes everything worse. This is why we are not to judge those who have a drink with dinner, if they are of the age to do so. People have stressful jobs and stressful lives, and the long-term effects of cortisol (stress chemicals) with no remedy are also bad. (Of course, taking to liking the blue clarity state itself and not using it to solve your problems and instead invoking it over and over - welcome to alcoholism.)
However, I still would avoid it, because I maintain in our modern life that we have other alternatives that are healthier and work just as well. Certain types of books and literature and even music have the effect of "blue clarity" that I mentioned, at least for me. I've found Chaucer and old '60s Star Trek to be particularly useful in achieving that state - the problem is that this might be subjective, and finding which one that does it for you takes more work and time than just popping a bottle. You may be able to derive this state from something other than media or alcohol, even. I just personally prefer the additional work to liver cirrhosis and health problems. Obviously if you're going through panic and stress, the first step is drop the caffeine.
The other thing I should point (last point, fox) out is that "blue clarity" is not the best mental/emotional state. The best state is happiness without excitement, a "bright clarity" if you were. Excitement is a stress on the body. I can derive this from engaging with Scripture, but it can come from other sources - usually close relationships.
However, bright clarity can be hard to achieve in the middle of a panic attack when your life is falling apart. Things are genuinely bad, so blue clarity is probably better there. It's better than panicking. It can be easier to move from blue clarity to bright clarity than from panic straight to it. That's why people drink with friends.
I think, eternally, we will exist in a bright clarity state 24/7 on our relationship with God and each other. We may occasionally be excited, but our bodies will be perfectly able to handle it. On this wretched planet, artificially invoking these states is temporary and comes with a hefty price tag. So don't do it until you're ready to handle the price, and if you never are, that's cool, like these grape juice popsicles I just made. Who wants one?