spoken of in prophecy
Just a prophecy does not speak of all events, it does not speak of all people. Of those that it does speak, however, even a few prophecies are enough to completely alter who a person turns out to be.
When prophecy depicts a person, it creates a True Name for them. Once established, that name drives many aspects of their being. We know this because prophecy does not always attach to a person at their birth. Sometimes it is only when particular events come to pass that we discover which individual a particular name addresses. Sometimes prophecy has been guiding them for a time and we are only discovering the name; other times the prophecy chooses its hero at that moment.
Perhaps the most telling example of this was The Butcher of Germaine. During the sack of Germaine, after he had completed each of the specific prophecies foreseen for The Butcher of Germaine, he encountered a prophet. That prophet fooled him into completing a lesser-known prophecy that would be carried out by The Contemplative Idiot. Instantly the butcher was transformed, losing all of his intelligence and any desire to continue the slaughter. Though half the city was already razed, the Idiot was unable to complete his objective and was easily captured.
Such examples are rare, but they do show the power that a name has on its wearer.
Much as a person may have two names, it appears that a name can refer to multiple different people. This often happens across long periods of history. It turns out that some of the prophecies featuring a particular name happen centuries or millennia apart, with a different individual playing the key role.
This is just one of the reasons why true and false prophecies are so difficult to distinguish. Even when the person named dies, there is always the chance that unfulfilled prophecies will be later completed by another with the same name.
As if forked prophecies didn’t cause enough complexity.
Just some of the many reasons your humble author decided to become a historian rather than a prophet.