"Prince of the Forest" (or "Prince of the Forests" in the Starla version of the show) is the nineteenth episode of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. Its working title has been "Beauty and the Beast". Its international titles include Catalan "El príncep del bosc", German "Der Prinz der Wälder", French "Le Prince de la forêt", Portuguese "O principe da floresta", Russian "Принц леса", Serbo-Croat "Jan, princ šume", and Spanish "El príncipe de los bosques".
While searching for wondrous faery wraiths in the Forests of Arden, Princess Gwenevere finds romance and magic with a strange yet handsome young man named Ian. But Ian does not reveal to the Princess the wondrous magic jewel he has recently found, and which can transform him from a beast into a boy. Meanwhile, the evil Lady Kale offers Ian the chance to become a human if he gives the jewel to her.
Plot summary Edit
Princess Gwenevere and Sunstar ditch a party and head to the Forests of Arden to see the rare Faery Wraiths dance, said to be the most beautiful sight in Avalon. They find a faery wraith Arienda but also that the forests are full of traps, and Gwen ends up falling in mud hole. Luckily, a mysterious handsome young man shows up to save her. He says his name is Ian.
The next day, Gwen returns to Forests of Arden, only to find a mighty wolf-man beast being attacked by Civello and his Outlaws. Gwen scares off the outlaws, then frees the wolf-man from a bear trap and he leaves, Gwen follows his tracks, and finds Ian dancing with faery wraiths. Ian explains that the faery wraiths do not really dance anymore since the Prince of the Forest lost his lover.
Meanwhile, it is revealed that Civello was hired by Lady Kale to get the lost Wizard Jewel that she found out the wolf-man wears. The Outlaws plot to capture the beast next time by using a massive crossbow. Kale brings the captured Arienda to use her as bait.
Later, the wolf-man finds Arienda and falls into the trap hole. When Civello and company check out the trap, they find Ian. It turns out that he is the beast — the Prince of the Forest — and that his jewel helps him switch between human and wolf-man forms. Kale offers to have Morgana turn Ian into a real human if he agrees to gives the jewel to her.
Meanwhile, Gwenevere dreams about Ian, his jewel, and "healing the circle".
Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders eventually find and confront the Outlaws in their camp. Kale, Morgana, and Ian all show up, too. Ian is confused and torn between giving his jewel to Gwen or Morgana, but is convinced to give it to Gwen. A brief fight ensues and Kale captures Gwen and Sunstar, but Ian turns into the enraged beast and the villains flee.
In the end, Ian and Gwen dance and the magic of the faery wraiths allow Ian to become human once a year for Gwen.
Behind the scenes Edit
Original script Edit
- Main article: Prince of the Forest (script)
Avalon: Web of Magic connections Edit
- Lorren goes by the alias 'Forest Prince'. He is also one of Kara's many love interests, similar to Ian for Gwen.
- Two types of faery wraiths show up in Avalon. One type is humanoid and guards the Gates of Avalon; the other looks like Navi from Ocarina of Time.