This exact same anamoly occurs when moving very fast too.
If you and another person start stopwatches at the same time, and you stay on earth while the other person gets on a spaceship which tours the solar system at nearly the speed of light for a year, then when they get back, their stopwatch will have a hugely different time than your own. Theirs will have only advanced a fraction of yours, they will think they've only been gone for under a year, and they'll not have aged any. Heck, you can even get this to happen with supersonic jets and the like, though the difference is fairly minimal.
So, you have two people for whom time passed at a consistent rate for them, but when they met again, had actually experienced two different amounts of time. This is exactly
what is happening in Erfworld, except in reverse, because the scout who is moving experiences much more time than the one who is standing still. So, this is how the sun can be in different places in the sky in different hexes, while units can maintain a count of 'one-thousand-one' being a second and adding up to minutes, hours, and days.
Basically Erfworlder have an entirely intuitive grasp of relativity, and so they understand why it is that a day is 24 hours, but they can experience far more than 24 hours in a day.
Going back to the above example with the space ship, the sun jumping around, is basically the equivalent of the space traveler adjusting their clock/stopwatch to match up with time as it is back on earth.
In fact, I think that in my above example, the sun would in fact appear to jump around the sky to the space traveler at rates entirely inconsistent with simple passing of time thanks to moving so fast that the light from the sun hits the traveler in odd ways.
For my best attempt at a narrative, I offer this: The RCC is outside GK city at the end of Book 1, except Stanley stayed and is in the hex. It is GK's turn, and Parson decides to filibuster the coming battle by reading the entire contents of the library aloud, over and over again, with at least one other unit in the hex observing him, and Stanley agrees not to end turn. Then say the unit observing him counts the seconds "one-thousand-one".
Based on this theory we're working on now, two things may happen:
- The unit counting finds their words inexplicably and infinitely drawn out against their will, so that they will not exceed the number of one-thousand-ones in a day.
- The unit counts normally, and the sun eventually sets, without the RCC ever getting their turn.
I'm not sure that I've done a good job formulating an example, but my second paragraph raises an interesting possible "reconciliation".
I see what you're getting at, and it is a different problem from the one I've been trying to deal with. In this case, I think the answer is that one of the following would happen:
- Parson would find himself speaking at lightning speed
- Parson would somehow find himself incapable of going on for long (think how fate clobbered him for trying to use that scroll)
- Stanley would change his mind and end turn
There may be some other possibilities in there as well. This however seems to be an outside case. Basically no one in Erfworld would ever do this, so it has never been a problem. The system as described works fine as long as you don't go around purposefully trying to break it, and Erfworlders seem content to not do that (some form of Titanic thinkamancy? Like Duty?). It's only when you throw Parson into the equation that you start getting trouble. I suppose added to the above list might be that it would be simply impossible to ever convince Stanley to do that. He would never be willing to sit around for hours and hours while Parson simply read books from a library, in the same way that Parson would never pick Stanley up and strangle him to death. The seemingly infinite Loyalty bestowed by the summoning spell wouldn't allow it.
Edit: Another possibility: It would work. Parson just found a hack by extending a turn past its time limit and into night. This could mean that RCC never gets its turn at all, or gets it at night, or some other oddity like it gets two turns at dawn.