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Now, as for the question at hand, which were started off by these questions:
Originally Posted by Hikatsu Nia
yeah. but if you think about it. have an item hog the spot light, and the whole story falls apart.
Originally Posted by ether_chan
The items only have to play a key role in the story, the tale doesn't have to revolve around the items alone I think... Though perhaps one of the judges could enlighten us. Desu~
The items, while critical to the story, doesn't have to dominate it.
I see your concern with this. The thing is, what is your perspective of "key role" exactly? Frostmourne had a key role in the The Frozen Throne. The Buster Sword also played a key role in Final Fantasy VII. Excalibur was also a key element in King Arthur. And yet, all of these items mentioned were never the story. It was all about the alliance against Ner'zhul, Cloud against Shin-Ra, Arthur against himself. While this competition certainly does not disallow these types of stories, well and in fact they are greatly appreciated, they certainly aren't the best use of the theme, are they?
Anyone familiar with the Ring from the Lord of the Rings? Or the Dagger of Time in Prince of Persia? And perhaps even the best example I can offer, the Soul Edge and the Soul Calibur in the Soul Calibur series? These are stories wherein the item itself is the plot, where all the persons involved, their actions and reactions, are all based on the main item. Without the Ring, Frodo and the rest never had to go to Mordor on such haste. Without the Dagger of Time, Nizam wouldn't be able to ascertain the vengeance he longed for. Without the Soul Edge and the Soul Calibur, the Azure Knight wouldn't have become Nightmare, nor Raphael yearning for revenge. These stories are those with the most ideal (not required, but ideal) use of the theme. Did these items dominate the story? In a sense, yes, but isn't that the challenge of this competition? It is up to the writer's insight and creativity to mold that "awkward" domination into a powerful, gripping story.
TL;DR version (although I recommend reading the main text so as not to misinterpret my words): While stories involving heroes instead of items as the main plot are not disallowed, stories having the items the central plot itself is the best way to go with this competition's theme.
Hope I've made myself clear with this rhetoric of mine.
This viewpoint is allegedly false, at least according to Sandata. If you want to read his argument, please click here