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Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (known as Starla & the Jewel Riders in the export English version), is a 1995-1996 fantasy animated series that is the subject of this Wikia. It also inspired the later Avalon: Web of Magic series of books and and its upcoming animated adaptation.

In the show, the titular young heroines, Princess Gwenevere (named Starla in the Starla version) and her fellow teenage Jewel RidersFallon and Tamara—are sent by their wizard mentor Merlin on a great quest to save their enchanted kingdom of Avalon from the threat of the evil sorceress Lady Kale. The three girls share a special bond with their animal friends and each other, which allows them to work together as a team. Aided by the boys of the Pack, they go on their adventures to use their friendship and the magic of Enchanted Jewels in order to bring the now exiled Merlin back home. Only he can truly defeat the powers of evil and return order and goodness to the land.

Elements Edit

Characters Edit

Main article: List of characters

The show's recurring characters include the eponymous Jewel Riders: Princess Gwenevere/Starla, Fallon and Tamara, as well as Lady Kale, Merlin, Morgana, Archimedes, Drake and the rest of the Pack, Sunstar, Moondance, Shadowsong, Rufus and Twig, Grimm, Queen Anya, King Jared, the Babies, Thunder, and Ian, among others.

(The various minor characters appearing only in one or two episodes are covered in the common article about the episodic characters.)

Episodes Edit

Main article: List of episodes

There have been two seasons, each with 13 episodes:

Production Edit

Abyss

Development Edit

Main article: Development

Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders was produced by the New York-based studios New Frontier Entertainment and Enchanted Camelot Productions for Bohbot Productions (later BKN) in 1995, in co-production with toy company Hasbro, originally planned as an adaptation of Dragonriders of Pern. There have been many different changes between the various early concepts and phases and the final animated version, including different titles.

Merchandise Edit

Panini stickers
Main article: Merchandise

Several dolls and various other merchandise items released have been produced for the show. (The book is covered separately.)

Plot Edit

Fallon & Moondance

Premise Edit

Kale Crown Jewels

"Great Jewels, Avalon will be mine!"

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The magic kingdom of Avalon has been a place of peace and serenity for many generations, and the realm with all its people and creatures has prospered under the protection of the good wizard Merlin ever since his victory over the ancient wizards 1,000 years ago. But darkness is looming as an evil force emerges—the power-hungry Lady Kale, envious of Merlin and jealous of her good twin sister Queen Anya, desires to rule Avalon. Her plan is to take control all the magic of the kingdom so she can overthrow Merlin's order and reign forever. And adding to the crisis, the dangerous wild magic is now getting out of control.

Anya throne

"All of the kingdom gives thanks to the Jewel Riders, champions of Avalon!"

Heroines

The only hopes lies with three teen girls: the beautiful Princess Gwenevere (or Gwen, also known as Starla) and her fellow novice Jewel Riders, the tough and agile Fallon and the empathetic and musical Tamara, accompanied by their special friend unicorn mounts and Merlin's owl Archie, who must stand up to the terrible powers of Gwen's wicked aunt. The three young heroines, aided by the wolf-riding young knights of the Pack led by Gwen's suitor Drake, need to learn how to use the good magic of their Enchanted Jewels—Gwenevere's Sun Stone, Fallon's Moon Stone, and Tamara's Heart Stone—so they can deliver Avalon from evil in their great Jewel Quest.

Villainesses

The adventurous girls and their friends, together riding the wild magic via the Travel Trees portals, have to combat destructive outbreaks of the wild magic and find the hidden magic jewels. The teens need to rise to the occasion so they can be able to oppose and eventually stop Lady Kale and later also an even greater menace of the legendary witch queen Morgana, free Merlin, and restore peace in the kingdom and balance in the magic.

Good guys

"Friends together! Friends forever!"

Throughout the series, the questing girls and their animal friends learn lessons, experience romance and ride into courageous adventures as they explore their fantastic world and oppose evil. The importance of friendship is a key theme in all of the stories. Having distinctive Enchanted Jewels visually signifies the friendship bond between a Jewel Rider or the Pack member and his or her animal friend, and they even end up befriending some of their would-be foes. The meaning and values of friends, destiny, and accepting responsibility are expressed in the Circle of Friendship, a special and revered ceremony commemorating the bonding with an animal friend—this philosophy is the major theme in the series as the Enchanted Jewels encourage teamwork.

Season 1 storyline Edit

Main article: Jewel Quest
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The girls with a located Crown Jewel

Season 1

"I have the power of wild magic! I will rule Avalon!"

The evil Lady Kale, a former Princess who has been banished from the Crystal Palace by Merlin, obtains the powerful Dark Stone and attempts to gain control of the Crown Jewels—seven mystic stones which bind the magic of the kingdom to good. Kale plans to use the magic of these jewels to turn Avalon into a dark realm and rule it for all of eternity. After Merlin refuses to give her the key to the Jewel Box in which the Crown Jewels are stored and scatters the jewels all across kingdom and beyond, she casts him into the Wild Magic to perish there. With Merlin now gone, Kale's magic already begins to spread chaos in the realm.

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"I command the magic of Avalon!"

Adventure

The Jewel Riders on their quest

Jewel Power!

"Jewel Power!"

But Merlin can still save their kingdom from evil and get the wild magic under control. As he vanished, Merlin put all his trust in his three inexperienced students, known as the Jewel Riders: the only way these young champions overcome Kale's dark magic and save their mentor is to find all seven Crown Jewels, now hidden through the seven lands. Gwenevere (paired with with Sunstar), Fallon with (paired with Moondance), and Tamara thus embark on a great quest as they search for these lost stones to get them secured before Kale can steal them away—and, in the end, hopefully get rid the world of her dark magic and let the exiled Merlin return to Avalon.

Season 2 storyline Edit

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Darkness still threatening Avalon

Merlin speaks

"It doesn't matter what kind of magic you use, as long as it comes from a good heart."

Merlin and the Jewel Riders seemed to have prevailed, but still Merlin has remained trapped inside the Wild Magic. What is more, they soon find out that not only Lady Kale is back but now she has a very dangerous new ally: a newly revived Queen Morgana, once the leader of ancient wizards, who is even worse and more powerful than Kale. The two evil women hatch a plan to gain control of legendary Wizard Jewels to at last destroy Merlin and rule Avalon and all the wild magic—with the combined jewels of the wizards, no one will be able to stand against them. Meanwhile, Merlin's Jewel Riders champions discover that having the Crown Jewels tuned to their own Enchanted Jewels have given them greater powers too—and Tamara also soon gets paired with her new special friend and own steed: Shadowsong.

Season 2

"At long last, I will return to Avalon. Merlin will kneel before me!"

Riding the Wild Magic

The girls riding the Wild Magic

Thus begins the quest for the the magic jewels that can return either Morgana or Merlin to Avalon, and destroy the other. In a race against the forces of darkness, the Jewel Riders have to master their new magic and get the stones first for the goodness to prevail. The time has come for them and their friends, old and new, including Gwen's new love interest Ian, to become the true heroes. and free Avalon of the threat of dark magic once and for all.

Legacy Edit

Avalon: Web of Magic Edit

Main article: Avalon: Web of Magic
Studying the classics

A PGJR episode studied during the production of the Avalon cartoon

Avalon: Web of Magic (and its spin-off Avalon: The Warlock Diaries) is a series of young adult novels and comics written by Rachel Robert and inspired by Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. In comparison to the Jewel Riders, the target audience of which was pre-teen girls, Avalon is aimed at an older (teenage / young adult) audience. An animated series adaptation of Avalon is currently in production for a planned 2018 premiere, also produced by the Jewel Riders creator Robert Mandell.

Fandom Edit

Main article: Fandom

Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders fandom has kept a small Internet presence for over two decades, in particular in its native USA and in France where the show was most successful.

Further reading Edit

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Videos Edit

External links Edit

Avalon Princesses

Wikipedia Edit