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

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Sunstar is a wondrous, winged white unicorn who becomes bonded with the Jewel Riders leader 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 fight against evil. 

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.

Sun Stone pair

Gwenevere and Sunstar with their 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 captured

Sunstar captured by Kale and her dweasels in "Jewel Quest, Part I"

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 under a dark enchantment in her castle and demands for Princess Gwenevere to trade the key for the unicorn. They both save each other as Sunstar learns how to fly, and escape along with the key. Soon, at the Circle of Friendship ceremony, with the help of Tamara, Gwen succeeds in sharing the Sun Stone with her, bonding them to each other and letting them join the Jewel Riders.

Sunstar fight

Princess Gwenevere riding Sunstar to battle Kale in "The Faery Princess"

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 rescuing each other and their other friends. The episodes in which Sunstar plays particularily large roles include "Travel Trees Can't Dance", "Dreamfields", "Prince of the Forest", and "The Wishing Jewel".

Gwen and Sunstar

Sunstar comforting the grieving Gwen in "Lady of the Lake"

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 the other Jewel Riders and all of Avalon. In the show's final episode, "The Last Dance", she then also takes part in the final battle against Morgana alongside Fallon's Moondance and Tamara's Shadowsong. When Gwenevere is forced by the cruel Morgana to make a hard choice between saving Sunstar or saving Ian, she chooses to save Sunstar.

Behind the scenes Edit

Amber

Some of Amber's concept art

Sunstar final

The final design

Sunstar was voiced by Deborah Allison, dubbed over by Eva Michaelis in German. She has been at first noticeably stockier and 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

Starfire

Starfire in Avalon: Web of Magic

Sunstar later partially inspired the characters of Lyra, Starfire and Lorelei 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
Jewel Riders
The Jewel Riders

Enchanted Jewels and the Jewel Riders
Sun Stone - Gwenevere and Sunstar, Anya and Wintermane
Moon Stone - Fallon and Moondance
Heart Stone - Tamara and the Babies & Shadowsong


Magic, Jewel Armor, Crystal Palace, Enchanted Gardens, the Pack, Jewel Quest

Characters
Maincast

List of characters

List of episodic characters

Main characters
Jewel Riders (Princess Gwenevere, Fallon, Tamara, Sunstar, Moondance), Lady Kale, Morgana, Archimedes, Drake
Major characters
Merlin, the Pack, Shadowsong, Queen Anya, Ian, Rufus and Twig, baby animals
Other characters
King Jared and Goliath, Grimm, Thunderbolt, Cleo, Spike, Travel Trees, Guardian, ancient wizards, Lord Batton, Thunderbolt, Gliders, Kit, Arienda and the Faery Wraiths, Outlaws, Wintermane

Magic
12-10

Magic, Wild Magic, Jewel Quest, Jewel Armor
Magic jewels
Enchanted Jewels (Sun Stone, Moon Stone, Heart Stone), Crown Jewels, Wizard Jewels (Dark Stone)
Places and items
Avalon, Crystal Palace, Enchanted Gardens, Hall of Wizards, Morgana's lair, Jewel Box, Merlin's key
Main magic users
Merlin, Wizards (Morgana), Kale, Jewel Riders (Gwenevere, Fallon, Tamara, Sunstar, Shadowsong, Moondance)
Other magic users
Anya, The Pack (Drake, Thunderbolt), Ian, Rufus and Twig, Babies (Cleo, Spike), Travel Trees, Guardian of the Magic, Arienda and the Faery Wraiths, Wild Magic Gliders, Kit