Token and timestamp inconsistency in Axon event store


we are using Spring Boot 2.4.0 and Axon Framework 4.4.5 with Axon Server 4.4.5 in one of our services. Recently we have experienced an interesting constellation in our event store.

Here’s the scenario: we have a TAggregate providing some CommandHandler and applying two events EventA and EventB in a sequence using the ApplyMore interface:

# inside CommandHandler of TAggregate
apply(EventA).andThen(() -> if ... apply(EventB))

Then, we have a TrackingEventProcessor set up as external event handler for EventA, which sends command CommandC asynchronously to be handled in MAggregate:

# inside CommandHandler of MAggregate

Now what we ended up with in the event store is the following:

| token | event  | timestamp                |
| 11577 | EventB | 2021-07-22T11:52:19.405Z |
| 11576 | EventA | 2021-07-22T11:52:19.404Z |
| 11575 | EventC | 2021-07-22T11:52:19.448Z |

So how can it be that EventC has a lower token than EventA, while the order with respect to the timestamps is correct? Is there some configuration I am missing that would treat the two events from the TrainingAggregate differently than the one from the external handler? Why does the EventC from the async command enter the event store before EventA, despite it should be guaranteed that EventA is fully processed and persisted in the event store, before the external event handler can see it?

What are we missing? Thanks for some thoughts on that!