Why We Disagree
The perceptive reader may notice small inconstancies in the characters appearing in these stories. Their speech patterns, their accounts of certain events, and their observations on the town’s pecking order vary from time to time.
These are not inconsistencies!
The reader should consider the contradictions again, bearing three things in mind.
First; each story is told from a different viewpoint, and different people see and hear things differently. Even readily observable facts are influenced by individual perceptions and opinions. Thus, a minstrel narrating a conversation with a magician would give a different account than a thief witnessing the same exchange.
Second; the citizens of Sanctuary are by necessity a little more paranoid. They tend to either omit or slightly alter information in conversation. This is done more reflexively than out of premeditation, as it is essential for survival in this community.
Finally; Sanctuary is a fiercely competitive environment. One does not gain employment by admitting to being “the second I best swordsman in town.” In addition to exaggerating one’s own status, it is commonplace to downgrade or ignore one’s closest competitors. As a result, the pecking order of Sanctuary will vary depending on who you talk to … or more importantly, who you believe.
Thieves World: Book One.
Long story short: We don’t see the world as it is. We see the world as we are. (attributed to Anais Nin.)