If the above statement is true and Sords do allow for faster than light travel."For years we’ve been told that someone who left point A and flew through space to point B at the speed of light,
and then returned to point A would find that it was some god awful number of years later when they returned."
How would this affect the Abh?
Factors involved in this discussion:
1. How big is the Empire in light years from boarder to boarder?
2. Are the Sords linear? Are they Wormholes? Are they something else?
3. Can Abh ships archive F.T.L. within Sords? Can they outside of Sords?
Lastly after discussing this in detail. Then how does this affect the Abh in daily life.
For Example: Jinto and Lafiel leave on a mission. Most of it is at F.T.L. speeds.
They were gone about six months but in reality it was closer to eighteen months.
Is this possible?
How would you feel being gone a short period of time in your reality?
Then coming home to find much more time has passed?
Try to keep wild theories to a minimum. Site sources as necessary.