Our friends at Jewel Riders Archive would like to remind you that they’re posting the finale of Princess Gwenevere / Starla and the Jewel Riders this coming Friday! Many American fans (myself included) had to resort to summaries or bootleg tapes to experience this because they didn’t air these episodes. Soon you’ll be able to watch them online in English (both Gwen and Starla versions) and French!
Ry, occasional contributor to Avalon Archive, has opened a new Jewel Riders site! Jewel Riders Archive contains information on the show and pre-production materials. I highly recommend reading through the show bible — there’s some interesting stuff that eventually made its way into Avalon: Web of Magic.
Check out the sidebar for the link.
Much like the “Enchanted Camelot” script I was able to share earlier, I also wanted to share an early version of the Jewel Riders show bible. This contains a number of differences from the show we ended up with as well, in addition to all sorts of nifty little bits of background information. I’ve outlined some of the really interesting stuff below, but I heartily recommend checking it out for yourself!
Show Bible Date: 11/5/94 (For reference, the “Enchanted Quest” script was dated 8/2/94)
- Avalon is a secret, hidden land.
- We’ve moved to the Seven Stones of the Kingdom from the Ten Stones in the script.
- Travel Trees appear! Apparently, Merlin grows them in a garden behind his house before transplanting them where they need to go.
- Apparently, each time a new human/animal team works with a jewel, they uniquely tune it to their own attribute and strengths.
- Friendship Ring Ceremony/Bonding
- o Young people between the ages of 12-18 are eligible to receive an Enchanted Jewel
- o The attendees to the Ceremony are supposed to sing a “song of friendship” for the jewel to split into its two halves!
- o By the ages of 21-25, the pairs are so attuned they don’t need an Enchanted Jewel to communicate, so the Jewel is passed on.
- Apparently, the spirit of youth and the recognition of love and friendship resonating through the Enchanted Jewels is what keeps Avalon strong and good.
- The Sun Stone originally used different colors of the rainbow to access different powers!
- Apparently, the Jewels originally allowed the Jewel Riders to tap into, focus, and channel the Wild Magic of Avalon.
- The Seven Stones of the Kingdom:
- o The Great Forests – Stone of the Jade Forest (Jade Tree)
o The Burning Deserts – Stone of the Desert Star (Ruby Star)
o The Forests of Arden – Stone of the Rainbow Falls (Rainbow)
o The Great Plains – Stone of the Dreamfields (Opal Cloud)
o The Jungle – Faery Stone (Emerald Wand)
o The Riverdells – Lady of the Lake Stone (Sapphire Flower)
- (I’m dying to know what story this would have been now!)
o The Crystal Peaks – Stone of Burning Ice (Diamond Snowflake)
- The Enchanted Jewels originally had different power levels!
- o Reading the descriptions of the Enchanted Jewels, you can see where the people who made the trading cards got a lot of their information from!)
o Level One of the Sun Stone is “Beauty Energy.” So this is what Kale references in Dreamfields when she has the Sun Stone!
o The Moon and Sun Stone work best together at dawn or dusk!
o The Moon Stone at its most powerful had the ability to control the tides!
o The Heart Stone is a “Wild Crystal” – unpredictable, but very strong on emotional levels.
- Heart Stone also strengthens the effects of the other Enchanted Jewels.
o There were originally six Forest Stones.
- A list of other stones kept in the Jewel Keep: Water Stone, Star Stone, Wind Stone, Fire Stone, Earth Stone, and generic “Wild Crystals” (described as being like a mood ring in terms of showing whether it was good or evil?)
- Originally there was going to be much more of a love triangle between Gwen, Melody, and Shawn!
- Brand was going to be a “stubborn traditionalist” who objected to Alex riding with the Pack.
- o His wolf Blazer is described as having the “colors of a majestic flaming sunset”
- Heh, Kale’s original hair color is described as “Florescent” and her color scheme was going to be “Burnt Orange” and “Bruised Purple”
- Lol! Rufus and Twig’s descriptions read “Humbling Bumbler” and “We bow at such Immensity”! WTF.
- Gwen is well versed in several schools of martial arts!
- One of Gwen’s pet peeves is that Melody can eat anything she wants and never get fat!?
- Alex’s unicorn has changed in name from “Midnight” to “Moonglow.”
- People like to stay on Alex’s good side because they remember her boxing proficiency. XD
- Alex and Moonglow are the first girls accepted to run with the Pack.
- Alex had a little dragonet friend named Sky Dancer! (Avalon Web of Magic reference, competing 90s show reference, and toy pack-in reference, check!)
- Melody was a special student of Merlin’s because of her musical abilities.
- o Music in Avalon causes vibrations in the air that excites wild magic, allow the energy to be used.
o She also does special duties for Queen Angelene, where she travels on behalf of the Crystal Palace spreading joy and good will through music. On these outings she rides in the “Crystal Coach”
o Melody’s parents were named May and Orvan.
- Cleo was original teal, and Samantha was pink.
- Shawn is the son of the Earl of the Riverdells Township.
- Kale originally had a “horde of misfit animals” that was going to eventually “storm the Crystal Palace.”
- o Aside from Grimm, Rufus, and Twig, she also had Nitemary (a giant blue bat), Slither (Green snake), and Geezer (purple singing Goblin!)
- Whenever Kale used the Dark Stone, the power would totally possess her and shine purple light through her eyes (like the figure!)
- Josh apparently wanted to turn Avalon into a world of machines!
- Apparently almost any profession in New Camelot can sing and tap into magic to make their goods better? Like weavers and bakers and the like.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the show bible!
Hi everyone and welcome to a special episode in self-promotion, featuring Ry! (I’m the person helping out Jacquesworth with the Jewel Riders recaps if we’re not acquanited.) In my spare time, I’ve written a few Jewel Riders fics, and wanted to share them with all of you lovely folk here. I know this blog is not strictly a Jewel Riders endeavor, but given the two series’ intertwining history I thought these might be of interest to some of the readers here.
This is the longest of the fics – I started it in 2008, and just recently finished updating it after a successful NaNoWriMo 2013. This is a Tamara-centric prequel to the main series.
This is a ‘what-if?’ one-shot based on the idea that Kale inherited the Sun Stone instead of Queen Anya. It’s based on material found in the S1 episode “Dreamfields.”
A short Valentine’s Day one-shot featuring Drake and Gwen. Mostly teeth-rotting fluff.
I would love any feedback or comments you might have. Cheers!
/end shameless plug. 😀
Oh, Heart of Avalon (originally stylized as Heart of AvAlon). I had no idea when exactly this book was originally released, other than it was sometime in late 2004. I had just left home for college, and the local Borders didn’t carry the Avalon books, so I had to special order it. And after I finally got it, I walked around campus trying very hard to hide a children’s fantasy book in my backpack between my Intro to Semantics textbook and a copy of The Song of Roland.
This is the last Avalon book that had an original edition published, so it’s the last time I get to show off differences between editions. And trust me, there are a lot of changes between editions in this book. But the story is still essentially the same: Emily learns new abilities, struggles with how to use them, and gets some much-needed character development. The book’s title doesn’t follow the same naming convention as other Emily books (i.e. there’s no unicorns mentioned), but you know it’s an Emily book because she’s on the cover.
For you Jewel Riders fans, this book is “Song of the Rainbow” meets “Jewel of the Sea” meets “Shadowsong”. The plots and major elements of those episodes are just taken in their entirety and mixed up a little. When reading both editions, I noticed at least one Jewel Riders reference on every page — that’s how numerous the connections are in this book. Hell, a line from the show’s theme song is the key to opening up a dungeon at the end of the book!
And speaking of connections, look at the covers for both editions!
See that heart-shaped jewel in front of Emily? That’s her Rainbow Jewel +2 … which is later called a Heart Stone. That’s right, Jewel Riders fans: Emily gets the freaking Heart Stone!
Otherwise, both covers are exactly the same. You got Emily on a tropical island, with a watery figure giving her a
Heart Stone Rainbow Jewel +2. I always found it funny that the original edition cover is trying very hard to hide that the water chick is nude (note: female chests don’t work that way!), and that Emily is staring at some space beyond the watery figure. Blankly staring faces, even when they’re not looking directly at you, are still creepy.
What to expect from this book:
- Some serious character development for Emily!
- Tons of Jewel Riders references!
- A new male party member!
- Some secrets regarding the Original Party are finally revealed!
- Some secrets regarding current party members are alluded to!
Next time: the party visits New Camelot, and Emily feels severely under-leveled.
Ah, Ghost Wolf. You were the first book I had to special order because the local Borders didn’t regularly stock the series at the time it was released. You were the weird book with the trippy extradimensional travel that was a little hard to understand upon initial reading. But mostly, I remember you for introducing Adriane’s parents and having them settle in one of the more stereotypical artist communes in upstate New York.
Obviously, this is an Adriane-centric book, in which a ton of shit gets piled on her. And I mean a lot: there’s family issues, problems with Ravenswood, and some stuff concerning her bonded animals. Did I say “animals”, as in the plural? That was kinda spoileriffic — but then, it is mentioned on the cover blurb, so I guess it’s not.
Anyway, on to Jewel Riders connections. The book is essentially “Badlands”, in which Fallon reunites with her artisan parents, who don’t approve of her being a Jewel Rider. But there are shout-outs to “Dreamfields” (there’s a lot of weird dream-stuff in this book), “Wizard of Gardenia” (topiary monsters), and “Mystery Island” (the dweasel tea party).
I remember this cover being a lot shinier in real life. This image makes the border look really dull. But hey, now I know there was actually a pattern on the border, instead of a shimmery, oil-slicky brown blob. This is one of the few times I like the original cover more than the new one. Adriane’s standing in the middle of a forest, possibly trying to summon Fenrir. Oh, and I think Dreamer makes a cover appearance in the background there, but I’m not sure. Sometimes you can’t really tell with these old covers.
Hey, doesn’t the cover art look kinda different here? Well, the regular artist for the series couldn’t get the cover or interior illustrations done in time for publication, so someone else (Shiei, who did the art for the last two volumes of Warlock Diaries) finished the sketches. So a lot of the artwork looks really wonky — like this cover, for example. Adriane has this out-of-character XTREME SNOWBOARDING TO THE MAXX! look on her face, and Dreamer looks really cartoony. And wait — didn’t one of those characters on the cover get nuked a few books back? Um … spoiler alert?
What to expect from this book:
* Me getting help from my art grad school friends for artist references!
* More Charday family issues!
* An actual threat to Earth!
* Middle school students getting really involved in nature conservation!
* Bitchy Ms. Windor action!
* A token male character!
Next time: Something that only appears in the original edition.
(If you’re reading the original edition, this is Chapter 13.)
Kara, Starfire, and Goldie land in a mine cart in the Dwarf Mines. I’m gonna let Donkey Kong provide the recap for this part:
At the end of the super-perilous mine-cart level, the party finds a giant pool full of quicksilver. By this point, Kara has noticed that Starfire is starting to lose his form, so she offers to give him one of the magic talismans. The fire horse, however, insists that Kara save the talisman for attracting the Power Crystal.
Then the party realizes that their adventure in the mines isn’t over yet! There’s a massive maze full of elemental earth magic, in which the walls keep shifting their positions. Kara tries detecting magic to make her way out, but it’s not very effective. She does figure out that the air harp she created earlier can help detect dead ends, so she uses that to make her way out of the maze.
At the exit is yet another massive pool of quicksilver. Kara
finds creates another talisman, this time a quicksilver heart. There’s more detail on this in the new edition:
“Quicksilver,” Kara gasped. If she didn’t succeed, Lyra would melt away into a puddle just like this. And she would lose her best friend forever.
“Magic,” Goldie said.
As each bubble broke the surface, twinkles of bright magic were released into the air.
Kara closed her eyes and concentrated. Raising her hands, she sent silky tendrils of fire from her fingertips.
What was she supposed to make this time? She tried to focus but all she could see were Lyra’s beautiful green cat eyes.
After obtaining this talisman, the party jumps through the next mirror.
Now the party is in a dark forest, which is apparently full of evil things because Kara starts detecting evil. So Kara and Starfire start riding off, with Kara firing Magic Missiles at the weird creatures that follow them. Eventually they find some purple trees, which turn green as they ride past them. The two continue to follow the purple trees, which attracts more elemental fire magic. Once the party reaches a clearing, Kara creates the final talisman … a sunstone.
Yes, that’s right. Kara just created the freaking Sun Stone.
Unfortunately, Starfire is starting to lose his shape again, and the monsters are still chasing them. And to make matters worse, the Power Crystal pops in via portal. So the party rides off again, monsters and Power Crystal in tow, until they reach a lake. The monsters surround the party, and Kara realizes too late that this lake is the last mirror.
But not to worry! Lorren flies in on his bat and attacks the monsters. I guess he got out of the Spider Witch’s lair after all. While all this fighting is going on, Kara gets the Power Crystal.
To make things even more confusing, another Lorren shows up! The new Lorren wants Kara to give him the Power Crystal. The first Lorren takes out Mirabelle. Oh noes, which Lorren does Kara think is the real Lorren? Who will she fire a Magic Missile at?
Well, Kara should’ve fired a Magic Missile at the new Lorren, because a) he took the bag of talismans and the Power Crystal, and b) he’s not Lorren at all. He’s actually Tangoo. Tangoo explains that he’s sick and tired of every single fairy creature asking him for help, so he wishes to create a new Magic Web. He plans on blaming Kara’s failure on the Forest Prince. Oh, and he turned Lyra into quicksilver. Kara finally realizes that Tangoo did that so she would have to go find the Power Crystal.
Tangoo uses the talismans to turn the lake into a quicksilver mirror. Then he gives Starfire the fake Blue Rose, killing the fire horse. The lake turns into a portal to the Otherworlds, and Kara falls inside….
… Only to land on the stage during the school play.
Starfire leaves the party!
Next time: Kara burns down the house.