Dark Magic

"Dark Magic" collectible card

The Dark Stone is powerful magic jewel in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. It is dangerous, unpredictable and erratic, similar in this to a Heart Stone but holding evil powers, like a more powerful opposite of the Sun Stone. The first season's episode "Revenge of the Dark Stone" was named after it, as were the Russian titles of the first two episodes ("Дикий камень" - "Wild Stone").

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The Dark Jewel symbol at a demonic statue in Morgana's lair

The Dark Stone is a purple crystal that can change its shape. Through most of the series, it is being wielded by the antagonist Lady Kale, having been formerly belonged to the evil great ancient wizard Morgana — who had originally named it the Dark Jewel and specifically tuned it as a weapon against Merlin. Kale now uses the Dark Stone after bonding with her dweasels, Rufus and Twig. If she tunes enough power of the Crown Jewels or the Wizard Jewels to her jewel, Kale might be able to forever take control of all magic in Avalon.

"Gwenevere! Feel the power of the Dark Stone!"

In Kale's hands Edit

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Dweasels Dark Stone

As the series begins, the wicked Lady Kale tracks down the Dark Stone in a Travel Trees portal and tunes it, boding it to herself. She also gets her own Jewel Armor that does not need an invocation for a transformation, and it becomes her default costume from then on. She can now forcibly enter and ride the Wild Magic tunnels.

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The dweasels Rufus and Twig and the Dark Stone wielding Kale in "Jewel Quest, Part I"

Like Tamara's Heart Stone, the Dark Stone is a wild jewel that controls the wild magic in strange and bizarre ways, depending on the individual each crystal is tuned to. Wild jewels fundamentally allow communication with all magical animals and can turn them towards either good (as in Tamara's case) or evil (as Kale even almost succeeds with Sunstar, before being thwarted by Merlin himself). Early on, Kale bonds with her dweasel stooges, Rufus and Twig, who get the Dark Stone themed collars.

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Kale whips the Dark Stone at the Grandfather Tree in "Spirit of Avalon"

The jewel's evil magic allows Kale to use it to warp the good magic of Avalon to darkness, shoot destructive blasts and even fireballs, fire energy beams (also in whip and net styles), communicate with her dweasel minions at distances, twist the form and shapes of things, pull and lift objects (and even people), turn creatures into her slaves, capture her enemies into magical sphere traps, and project her image and voice to the others through magical bubbles. One notable ability is create monstrous thorn trees that Kale that controls by her will to attack these trying to reach her castle in the aptly-named Thornwoods

In the first season Edit

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Kale's tractor beam pulling Tamara in the air in "Song of the Rainbow"

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Kale fighting Merlin after he pulled her inside the Wild Magic in "Full Circle"

Lady Kale uses the Dark Stone to trap Merlin into a magic bubble and banish him into the Wild Magic. Initially, Kale has trouble controlling the Dark Stone in her fight against the Jewel Riders, especially at its full power (as seen most when she wrecks her own Castle Thornwoods while trying to destroy Merlin in "Jewel Quest, Part II").

  • In "The Faery Princess", after Lady Kale arrives in Faeryland where the magic works differently, she calls it the Shark Stone that projects a giant glowing shark head to attack the Jewel Riders. It misses chomping Fallon by an inch because Windy has flown up and knocked Kale's aside just enough to save Fallon.
  • In "Home Sweet Heart Stone", Kale uses the Dark Stone to create and play a series of magical instruments to summon Kit and then to compete with Tamara's Heart Stone in a magic music battle which she wins.
  • During the first season finale, Kale uses the Dark Stone to manipulate the various Enchanted Jewels found in the storage of magic jewels withing the Crystal Palace and creates the "anti-magic" device.

At the end of "Full Circle", after Kale falls into Merlin's trap, she is turned into "fairy dust" and sent into the Wild Magic together with the Dark Stone.

In the second season Edit

The jewel had originally belonged to the dark enchantress Morgana, created by a thousand years ago specifically to let her defeat Merlin. When Lady Kale is destroyed at the end of the show's first season, the Dark Stone returns to Morgana's lair, now within the Wild Magic, where it summons the energies of both Morgana and then Kale and bring them both back to their physical forms. Kale pulls the jewel from Morgana's grasp in the air and they have a magical tug-of-war for the current ownership of the Dark Stone but in the end it floats firmly into Kale's hand, and so Morgana is forced to work with Kale.

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Morgana appears conjured through the Dark Stone in "Prince of the Forest"

During the second season, Lady Kale's use of Dark Stone gets a lot of extra power from Morgana. The two evil women also use the jewel to communicate with each other like a mobile phone for Kale (complete with a ring tone). Morgana's image can also emerge from it and aid Kale and the Dark Stone with her own magic.

  • In "Morgana", Kale then uses Morgana's extra power to create a great magic hammer to blast open the gate to the Hall of Wizards, and when she gets captured, the summoned Morgana sends a powerful blast through the Dark Stone that frees Kale and traps the Jewel Riders.

In Gwenevere's hands Edit

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Princess Gwenevere being corrupted by the Dark Stone in "Dreamfields"

In "Dreamfields", Lady Kale and her good niece Princess Gwenevere briefly swap their Dark Stone and Gwen's Sun Stone in dream. It then corrupts Gwenevere, until Gwen's friends arrive get her out of her nightmare.

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Gwenevere claims the Dark Stone after defeating Kale in "The Last Dance"

Eventually, Lady Kale taken down for good during the season two finale. In her arrogance, Morgana just leaves the now-masterless Dark Stone. The owl Archie spots it, Gwenevere picks up it, and her beloved Ian takes it for safe keeping as it still contains strong magic.

In "The Last Dance", Gwenevere, aided by her friends, uses the Dark Stone (which disappears in a bright flash) to power up her own Sun Stone. With it she creates the One Jewel for Merlin, who uses it to destroy Morgana as well as several of the evil wizards' ghosts, and turn all the magic to goodness forever.

Behind the scenes Edit

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As Morgana did not exist in the early versions of the show, the Dark Stone has been an unstable "wild crystal" jewel, never having been tuned before and unconnected to Morgana, and in the Princess Guinevere & Her Jewel Adventures storyboard Kale calls it just the "Wild Stone".

It was described in the Enchanted Jewel Riders show bible as a "shimmering purple, jagged, rough hewn crystal" that would be worn around Kale's neck. In the Enchanted Camelot version of draft scripts, the Dark Stone's power is green-colored.

Kale originally was to find it in a magical pool surrounded by crystalline trees and foliage, and tune the magic to herself by grabbing it away from an image of Merlin in the water. Gwen explains that Kale could bond it with her because it has been never properly tuned to good by Merlin.[1] In the original script of "Lady of the Lake", Kale is actually defeated when her own Dark Stone's magic is reflected back at her by Princess Gwenevere.

Legacy Edit

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The Dark Sorceress and the Spider Witch in their prison (full of Dark Stone-like crystals) in Avalon: Web of Magic

In Avalon: Web of Magic, Kale's magic whip attack with her Dark Stone is similar to Adriane's lasso spell. The Dark Stone also inspired the Black Fire of the Dark Sorceress.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Jewel Quest script (Enchanted Quest)


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