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Does anyone know if the imperium or any race for that matter has traveled to another galaxy such as the andromeda. It is completely impractical in actuality but who knows with warp travel. Any information pertaining to the subject would be appreciated.
Nope.. Even with warp travel, it would take hundreds of years. No ship could carry enough supplies to make it.
The Tyranids come from another galaxy. But they had the resources gained from consuming entire worlds to last them, and they may well have hibernated during the journey or something to preserve resources.
The Orks are known to exist outside of the galaxy and probably there is a little communication between them, but more civilized races like the Imperium and the Eldar are doubtful. Besides, there are plenty of resources and worlds in that galaxy. Maybe 60 million years ago the Necron Empire went beyond the galaxy, but who knows.
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Warp travel offers the luxury to travel beyond the galaxy in short time, but the problem is not the ship supplies. A ship that travels using the warp is carried along by the tides and currents of the warp. That can take for a few seconds (Distance in the materium world dosn't matter) or thousand of years. This process is called a jump or hop, longer jumps or hops are dangerous cause is not sure when or where the ship will reappears or there is a great danger to be consumed by the horrors that lay inside the warp.Originally Posted by The_Giant_Mantis
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Also Imperial ships would be lost outside our galaxy, as there would be no Astronomican to guide them.
I believe the true answer is a combination of all of the above. Thereâ€™s no telling how long a jump to another galaxy would take within the warp. Since Iâ€™m quite sure the Astronomican does not extend much beyond the borders of our own galaxy, there would be no way to navigate using Navigators. Instead one could use calculated warp jumps as was done before the rise of the Navigator species, but these jumps are only safe at distances of less than five light years. Considering that the closest galaxy to ours, the Andromeda, is two million light years away, you can imagine the time it would take to make a series of five-year jumps there, not to mention the fuel reserves that would be needed.
As has already been mentioned, species using warp travel would not be able to go beyond our own galaxy. We know that Tyranids came from another galaxy, hibernating on their way here, and that Orks might also have spread due to their ability to travel as spores. Necrons we donâ€™t know about, but since theyâ€™re the only species to have invented true faster-than-light travel they might have gone to another galaxy using that. Then again, the Câ€™tan did go into hibernation after the Enslaver Plague to await the creation of life again; even if their faster-than-light travel was only barely faster than light itself, it would have taken them only two millions years to reach the Andromeda, opposed to the 60 million years in stasis that they did choose. This might indicate that thereâ€™s nothing interesting in the Andromeda for them to go there after, no intelligent life for the Câ€™tan to eat. Whether this is true for other galaxies as well, we can only guess.
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well with the Necrons- i don't think the Outsider ever was in stasis and was in exile... hence outside. explains why his death star is on the outskirts of the galaxy along with the Tyranids.
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Its clear that for whatever reason Games Workshop wants the events of Warhammer 40,000 linked only to the Milky Way. Personally given the size of our little* corner of space, we do not need the Imperium going to other Galxies. Things can come from there like the Tyranids, possibly the Necron Dyson Sphere and any race GW feels free to add on that context.
I feel its sufficiently covered.