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Sunstar is one of the lead characters in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. She was voiced by Deborah Allison.

Castle

Sunstar is a wondrous, winged white unicorn who becomes bonded with Princess Gwenevere (Starla), sharing the Sun Stone with her, after having been rescued from Gwen's wicked aunt Lady Kale at the start of first season. She then quickly becomes Gwen’s best friend, faithful companion, and confidant. 

In the show Edit

Magical Friendships

"Magical Friendships" card

Sunstar sg

The winged unicorns are the most powerful of all the unicorns and very rare. When Sunstar first met Princess Gwenevere, the unicorn was an outcast from her own kind because she was afraid to fly. But after she bonded with Gwenevere throught the royal Sun Stone, and with Gwen's love and support, Sunstar has matured into a powerful and graceful champion.

Gwen Sunstar Sun Stones

Gwen and Sunstar with their halves of the Sun Stone in "Prince of the Forest"

The wonderful unicorn has a sweet temperament and an astute sense of what is right and wrong. Although Gwen has a tendency towards being selfish and shallow, the ever patient Sunstar knows the young woman has a strong-willed nature and tremendous potential to someday be a great leader of the kingdom of Avalon.

Aside from her long curving wings, Sunstar has a unique pearl-white "sea-shell" swirl horn. Gwenevere loves Sunstar more than anything in the world, and makes sure the unicorn is meticulously taken care of. Sunstar has a lush, and very soft, suede-like hide that Gwenevere constantly brushes to a radiant, golden glow. Sunstar's long mane and tail get particular attention from Gwen during grooming. Gwen only adorns her with riding gear made from the finest materials as well as lovely silks and flowery trains for the unicorn's mane and tail.

Appearances Edit

Sunstar fight

Gwen riding Sunstar to battle Kale and Grimm in "The Faery Princess"

Sunstar Kale key

Sunstar with Kale and the key

Sunstar is introduced in the first episode ("Jewel Quest, Part I", continued in "Part II"), when she attempts to save Merlin's key from falling into the hands of evil Lady Kale. Kale captures Sunstar as a hostage in her castle and demands for Princess Gwenevere to trade the key for the unicorn. But Sunstar learns how to fly and they both escape along with the key. Soon, at the Circle of Friendship ceremony, Gwen succeeds in sharing the Sun Stone with her, bonding them to each other and letting them join the Jewel Riders.

Since then, Sunstar appears in all of the episodes, serving as Gwen's trusted friend and mount. They are almost always together in all of their adventures, helping out and sometimes saving each other and their other friends.

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The following part of the article contains plot spoilers.

Sunstar (together with Gwenevere's sweetheart, the wolf-boy Ian) eventually helps Gwen to take down Lady Kale for good in "Spirit of Avalon" when they are the only ones left to save Avalon. In the show's final episode, "The Last Dance", when Gwenevere is forced by the evil Morgana to make a hard choice between saving Sunstar or saving Ian, she chooses Sunstar.

Behind the scenes Edit

Amber

Some of Amber's concept art

Sunstar final

The final design

Sunstar was voiced by Deborah Allison. She has been at first entirely golden-colored,[1] and used to be known as Amber in some early versions of the show, including in the Show Bible.[2][3][4][5][6]

According to one inside source, "originally Sun Star did not have wings and was just a unicorn. It was eventually decided that giving Fallon a horse was not magical enough so Fallon's horse became a unicorn and Gwen's horse became a flying unicorn."[7]

Legacy Edit

Kara and Lyra
Starfire

Starfire in Avalon: Web of Magic

Sunstar later inspired the characters of Lyra and Starfire in Avalon: Web of Magic. Kara Davies (Avalon's analogue version of Gwenevere) bonds with the firemental horse Starfire after naming him just like the Jewel Rider Tamara does with Shadowsong. She also bonds with the leopardlike flying cat creature named Lyra, after rescuing her from the Dark Sorceress' captivity.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Enchanted Jewel Riders Show Bible | The Jewel Riders Archive
  2. Jewel Quest script (Enchanted Quest)
  3. Travel Trees Can't Dance (script)
  4. Song of the Rainbow (script)
  5. Wizard's Peak (script)
  6. The Faery Princess (script)
  7. Enchanted Camelot | The Jewel Riders Archive

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