Avalon is the setting of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. It is a wonderfully magical fantasy world very loosely based on the enchanted isle of Avalon from Arthurian legends. It is populated by humans, elves and other humanlike beings, and various intelligent magic animals including great wolves, dragons and unicorns, and ruled by Merlin the wizard and the royal family.
This article is spoiler-free, presenting the kingdom as it is known at the beginning of the series (for the rest of the content, see the article detailing the new lands and other versions of Avalon). In Avalon: Web of Magic, Avalon inspired both the world of Aldenmor and its titular own version of Avalon.
The show's Avalon is a peaceful, utopian kingdom full of magic that has been controlled for the good of all by the seven Crown Jewels and protected by the good wizard Merlin for many centuries. Avalon has been reigned over by the generations of the kingdom's royal family, with Merlin choosing the worthy heirs to the throne. It has been like that ever since Merlin's defeat of his evil rivals that were led by the dark enchantress Morgana 1,000 years ago and their banishment into the perilous Wild Magic.
As the first season begins, the kingdom is currently is ruled by Queen Anya and King Jared, the parents of the next destined ruler and the show's lead protagonist, Princess Gwenevere. But a disaster strikes when Gwenevere's wicked aunt Lady Kale, who believes she should have became the Queen instead of her sister Anya, sends Merlin himself into the Wild Magic so she can reshape the realm and take its throne forever. Now Gwen and her fellow Jewel Riders aided by her other friends must fight to save Avalon from the chaos of uncontrolled wild magic and the threat of darkness and tyranny in their great Jewel Quest.
The realm has a very diverse geography, bordered by icy mountain ranges to the north, oceans to the east, jungles to the south, and great deserts to the west. The Jewel Riders and the Pack are able to fast-travel to different locations by the Wild Magic through the portals in Travel Tree rings.
When the series begins, there are seven main lands in Avalon, each separated by natural boundaries and with its own Crown Jewel. Its capital city New Camelot with the royal Crystal Palace lies in the center of the kingdom.
- Main article: New lands and other versions of Avalon
Lands End lies beyond the Crystal Cliffs and represents just one of the unexplored lands still left in Avalon. ("Only time will tell what Lands End looks like or what secret it holds...") The new lands that are joining Avalon during the events of the Jewel Quest and its aftermath are the magical kingdom of the Faeryland ("The Faery Princess") and the yet-unnamed Eighth Land ("The Wishing Jewel").
The Heart of Avalon (captioned as the Isle of Myst on the map and inspired by the actual Isle of Avalon from Arthurian legends) is featured in the series' final episodes "Lady of the Lake" and "The One Jewel". The Heart of Avalon is a hidden island off the coast of the Misty Moors, accessible with a magical boat through the waters beyond the magic myst. In the center of the Isle stands the Crystal Henge, a magic circle of crystal pillars. There is also a lake where the mysterious Lady of the Lake dwells, with the Staff of Avalon in her possession.
The Kingdom of Avalon is a non-industrial society, using craft to produce goods. There are no factories and the economic market is primarily one of barter and trade. People take pride in the quality of goods that are made and creative expression is encouraged among everyone. Skills are handed down from generation to generation and are taught in craft schools where apprentice programs are chosen by youngsters who show affinities for certain crafts. New Camelot is known throughout the land for the quality of its craft schools. Young people who complete apprentice programs in craft areas receive badges to identify their skills and accomplishments. Craft skill levels are: Apprentice, Journeyman/Journeywoman, and Master (Fallon's parents Alfred and Winerva are both Craft Masters).
Craft Fairs are held often where tradesman and woman come to show off their goods and barter their wears. These craft fairs are also great excuses for everyone to throw grand parties, which are especially relished by the young people. People and animals come from all over the land to attend Craft Fair parties. Musical performances and competitive sports are favorite activities at the fairs, as is singing and dancing. The fairs are featured in several episodes, including "Song of the Rainbow" (at Castle White Rock), "For Whom the Bell Trolls" (at New Camelot), "Love Struck" (at the village of Greenwood), and "Fashion Fever" (at New Camelot)
In the Avalon: Web of Magic franchise inspired by the show, Avalon is the titular place described there as a "legendary home of all magic, hidden somewhere along the web." Furthermore, the world of Aldenmor has a lot of similarities to the Avalon from Jewel Riders. One of the books is also titled Heart of Avalon.
See also Edit
- Discover Avalon at The Jewel Riders Archive