So during our last gaming session, the squad's sergeant was unfortunately ripped to shreds by an Ur-Ghul in a very unlucky couple of dice rolls. He took it graciously, and did not complain despite the fact he had spent a lot of time researching talents and builds to make a character that worked well, as opposed to the willy nilly ways of the other players.
I feel bad for the guy and I while I want death to be meaningful and permanent, I don't want to punish him by making him start back at square one. For other dead characters, I would give them the 600 starting xp and whatever extra was appropriate to get somewhere near where the other characters were.
However, this time, I've thought of doing something else. What if he got only the 600 xp, but retained the talents that he purchased?
Which brings me to my next question: what should his new character be? I think he wants to be a some sort of leadership role again, which is a kind of issue do to the fact the next senior soldier I promoted to sergeant, although in name only. What if the dead sergeant came back as a Commissar, or a Lieutenant-flavored sergeant?
I am at a bit of a crossroads because I don't want to snub the guy just promoted, but I also don't want to completely ruin the fun of the guy who actually put in the time and effort to research his character.