We're discussing the former here, not the latter.Have to push back on "the story" bit, a bit.
IMO you shouldn't have some preconceived notion of what "the story" is or will be. The play MAKES the story.
Now if a RAW interpretation actually comes off as completely nonsensical (or worse horribly unfun) even by mythical game world standards - ok maybe it needs to be examined/thrown out.
But if a RAW interpretation leads to a different result than the DM had envisioned? That's not actually a bad thing IMO.