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The Normandy doesn't need a relay to hit FTL speeds, I hope you understand. As for how it comes out at the Omega 4 Relay, it's probably just an oversight on the dev team's part, seeing as how destroying the Collectors marks the end of ME2's main story. The only story-related events that follow it are Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival, and those can be done before the Suicide Mission if you so choose. Post-story gameplay is post-story gameplay, don't read into it too much. 13:16, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

So, you are trying to say is that they went "on foot" from the center of the galaxy to home base?

Is it to much to assume that the Normandy was near the relay to escape? K1LLERAnish 13:44, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

As far as I recall, THEY WERE IN THE IN THE CENTRE OF THE GALAXY. I ask is how they got back because there are exploding stars and stuff, and yet they are back somewhere in the Terminus.

As far as I recall, THEY USED A RELAY TO REACH THE BASE. The only thing that blew up was the base itself, that too if you went with the Paragon ending. :) K1LLERAnish 13:59, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

^ And aren't relays part of connected groups anyway? If the Collector ship can get from the centre of the galaxy to the Terminus, I don't see why the Normandy can't... 14:11, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

The Normandy hits FTL to escape the explosion (just like it used FTL to escape the Cruiser twice) and it is assumed to have reached the relay near the Collector Base and to have jumped from there back to the Omega system. What, did you want them to show you every step of the trip, like actually reaching the relay and jumping back? TiberiusYakushev 15:03, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

I smell another plothole.... - BBL96 16:23, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

Then read this page again (precisely the post before yours). Think harder. Or actually, think.

If they can travel from the base back to the relay no problem, without using another relay; what is the point in relays or anyone using them? That would mean the whole latter half of the original Mass Effect would be pointless, why go to so much trouble finding the conduit which lets you travel quickly to the citadel when a ship could do it with no relay?

I don't want to sound mean but you really need to pay attention to the game. There is both FTL and mass relay travel. FTL is at a speed of about 12 LY per solar day. Mass relay travel is many hundreds of times faster. Relays are almost always paired up so if you take one relay you go to some system that has its corresponding relay. You can easily take that relay back to your orginal starting point. And as Tiberius stated the game doesn't show you each real time second so not all step by step activities are shown in the game.Goodmongo

Yeah, this really doesn't seem confusing to me. They're just making the return trip along the same relay route that got them there.