Travel Trees are characters and locations in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, introduced in the pilot episode "Jewel Quest, Part I". They were voiced by Bob Kaliban and Peter Fernandez (Grandfather Travel Tree).
They are intelligent, magical trees that have the ability to open a door into the realm of wild magic. Travel Trees are placed them in each of the seven regions of the kingdom of Avalon, usually grouped in rings, creating places to enter the invisible network of mild magic for anyone who controls a power jewel and is deemed worthy.
Travel rings Edit
Travel Trees are able to talk and are grown by Merlin in a special garden near his house. These Merlin spent considerable time wandering the lands of the kingdom and carefully placing rings of trees in key spots. Whoever wields an Enchanted Jewel can ask permission from these mighty trees to ride the rivers of wild magic, transporting humans and animals to appear inside Travel Tree ring elsewhere in Avalon. Travel Trees look different depending on their location. They do not grow near the Bordermists.
To use a ring, one must ask politely. Travel Trees hate impoliteness or rudeness. Standing in the center of a ring of Travel Trees with an Enchanted Jewel raised, one must ask, “By the power of the (stone), I ask you, mighty Travel Tree, please take me to [destination].” If the trees are feeling friendly, they will send the person to the destination. The Trees briefly crystallize when activated. Faeries of the Faeryland can activate Travel Trees too.
Since the evil Lady Kale broke the magic bond of Merlin's Jewel Box, Travel Trees have not been feeling very well. The outbreaks of wild magic are giving the trees massive heartburn. On top of that, Kale uses her Dark Stone to open Travel Tree portals whenever she feels like it, without even asking. Such rudeness is making Travel Trees sick. As Travel Trees weaken, riding the wild magic becomes more and more dangerous.
- "Song of the Rainbow": “Trees of magic, field and wood, if we may and if we could travel with you, take us all, if you please, to Rainbow Falls.”
- "Revenge of the Dark Stone": “Trees of Merlin, hear our call: help us, great trees — catch our fall! Great trees of magic, trees of wood, we need your help, please, trees of good! Wherever we journey, wherever we roam, oh, great trees of Merlin, bring us home!”
- "Morgana": “Trees of magic and wood so grand, gathered here as friends we stand. Share with us your most precious gift as we start our journey, sure and swift. For times to come and times that have gone, let’s ride the Wild Magic for Avalon!”
Grandfather Travel Tree Edit
The Grandfather Travel Tree is an ancient tree located in the Forests of Arden that opens a portal leading to the Heart of Avalon. It is introduced in "The Fortune Jewel" and featured in the episode "Lady of the Lake".
The Grandfather Tree gets nearly destroyed by Lady Kale when it denies the passage for the evil and she uses the Dark Stone to violently force open the entry, after which the tree explodes. However, it is then magically restored by the Jewel Riders and the Pack thanks to the combined power of their Enchanted Jewels and the help of all other trees of Arden.
Behind the scenes Edit
The concepts of Travel Trees (only hinted at with crystalline forest affected by the magic) and riding the Wild Magic did not exist in the Enchanted Camelot scripts.