Matri, on 24th December 2009, 12:05am, said:
What saddens me is that the aforementioned inherited heirloom Northstar is but a humble freighter, and therefore incapable of the massive structural modifications required to turn it into a WARSHIP!
IMO that is the goal Kerberos went for, otherwise everybody would want to turn the ship into a fortress and be the main galactic badass. This way you can not let your guard down throughout the game, you are always the underdog trying to survive and succeed. As Martin put it, "be Han Solo".