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
The very rare winged unicorns are the most powerful of all the unicorns. 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.
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.
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 Lady Kale's hands. But Kale captures and cruelly abuses Sunstar (using magic, but also threatening to whip her in an early script). Princess Gweneve fails to rescue Sunstar, but learns the unicorn's name. Kale then keeps Sunstar as a hostage under a dark enchantment in her castle as she demands for Gwen to trade the key for the unicorn's life. A magical intervention by Merlin breaks the spell binding Sunstar to Kale and frees her. Sunstar learns how to fly and they escape together with the key and the box taken away from Kale.
Soon, at the Circle of Friendship ceremony, with the help of Tamara, Gwen succeeds in sharing the Sun Stone with Sunstar as her special friend after failing with other magic animals that have been brought to the ceremony. This bonds them to each other and lets them officially join the Jewel Riders.
Since then, Sunstar appears in all of the episodes, serving as Gwen's trusted friend and mount in the Jewel Quest to defeat Kale and save Avalon. 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 particularly large roles include "Travel Trees Can't Dance", "Dreamfields", "Prince of the Forest", and "The Wishing Jewel".
Sunstar (together with Gwenevere's sweetheart, the wolf-boy Ian) eventually helps Gwen to take down 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", Sunstar 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, Gwen chooses to save Sunstar.
Behind the scenes Edit
Sunstar was voiced by Deborah Allison, dubbed over by Eva Michaelis in German. She has been at first noticeably stockier and entirely golden-colored, and used to be known as Amber in some early versions of the show, including in the Show Bible. Amber's woodland animal friends were also to appear.
According to an 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."
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
- ↑ Enchanted Jewel Riders Show Bible | The Jewel Riders Archive
- ↑ Travel Trees Can't Dance (script)
- ↑ Song of the Rainbow (script)
- ↑ Wizard's Peak (script)
- ↑ The Faery Princess (script)
- ↑ Jewel Quest script (Enchanted Quest)
- ↑ Enchanted Camelot | The Jewel Riders Archive
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