Alacrity The Tired RDI Staff Karma: 291/33 6340 Posts
The Ion cannon is not new, it was spotted at the start, in fact Alex flew around the Demeter to avoid passing through it's sights. This was a warship, refreb from a science ship. Before someone asks, to try to remove it and retrofit it into Destiny would take days in a dry dock, let alone trying in in the black.
Putting a weapon on a Transport ship is a death sentence. If Alliance discovers it on your ship then you will be arrested for piracy, your ship confiscated and sold to pay for your legal fees. At best you will be imprisoned for life, at worst the alliance may just push all of you out the airlock and destroy the ship to save the time, efffort and money.There is a reason why Serenity has no weapons.
I had not really remembered Alex had a portable battery. I don't remember it being announced to the crew so they knew. I had Pops with a portable power supply to help his scanner and activate switches but it didn't have sustaining power, that's why he went back to the shuttle to get a larger source to use on the box.