He is a close friend to Prince Kadikithis and the magician, Strick, and he also rescued the immortal mercenary, Tempus Thales, from a vivisectionist.
In the second Sanctuary Series, Hanse is presented as an old man, now going by the name of "Chance." Chance walks lamely and carries a walking-stick, though it is revealed that such devices are merely a ruse covering up the legendary thief's still not inconsiderable powers. Chance befriends and takes on the solo thief "Lone" as his apprentice, Lone displaying much of Hanse's former skills and, sadly, his former arrogance and over-confidence as well.
It is also the name for the malignant creations that serve the Dark One in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.