And let the Galaxy Dreadnought fly without it and the third nacelle that are ugly as sin. And let the Dreadnought use saucer separation. Please? My birthday is coming up! Do something nice for me, Cryptic!
i say make it a console slot weapon or just a weapon that any tier 5 ship can use plus make it so it could be rear mounted . could you imagine a escort flying in with 2 dhc on cef 3 and a dbb on beam oveload 3 and a tricobalt then as its swinging away fire the phaser lance and quantum torpedo spread. that would be total devastation
The Lance is not like the cloaking device. It is not something that can simply be yanked out and put in another ship. It is an integral part of the ship's frame. It makes no sense to make it a console.
And if you removed the 3rd nacelle as well, you would have a normal galaxy class (ok, so it would have a pair of little turrets sticking up out of the bridge, and a funky impulse engine, but otherwise the same).