As an aside, it MIGHT be seen as an incident of posthumous honor, especially among the often meatgrinder and uncaring Guard, if someone who was viewed as important, or a hero, to be allowed to be buried (of they do that) with their cybernetics.
This is a great idea.
In my interpretation it'd probably have to be a true hero (which in many cases might be a term reserved for officers), although it may also simply depend on the regiment - both on its homeworld culture, as well as how it keeps being supplied.
I'm going by the old Codex fluff in that a regiment, once raised, won't see much influx in terms of equipment or manpower (making children fathered or born by the Guardsmen and then raised in the wagon train all the more important as future replacements). In this model, the regiment may be issued with a stockpile of bionics once, necessitating the .. um, recycling of reusable parts from casualties.
More famous regiments, or ones active in an important warzone, may have more access to a greater selection of supplies.
Likewise, in some cultures, tradition and/or religious practice might forbid the removal of limbs (including artificial ones) from any fallen soldier, whilst in others it would be seen as only natural because the corpse is getting incinerated anyways and the corporeal remains are of no consequence for the fate of the fallen soldier's soul.
And then there is considerable potential for superstition by basically "walking with someone elses leg". There could be horror stories shared at the regiment's campfires on how, for example, once a Guardsman was fitted with the bionic hand of a sadistic Sergeant and how one night he woke up in terror realising that the metallic fingers were trying to strangle him. Ever since that night he was convinced his hand was out to kill him. And guess what, a month ago he was found dead ... scuttlebutt says he shot himself ...
*the Valhallan Guardswoman lowers her voice and leans in closer, the orange light of the flickering glowlamp curling frightening shadows across the young sniper's face*
... and the laspistol was found in his bionic hand.
What?! It's true, I heard it from a comrade in B company, who knows the guy that poor man shared his tent with!
I can see some PCs and NPCs, being similarly honored, by taking such bits with them. Not sure if it's really important, with their perceptions of the afterlife, and the fluff's declaration that human souls just poof, anyway, to hell with the Emperor (maybe that got retconned since), but I still like it.
Yeah, perceptions of afterlife are sure to differ depending on the homeworld. I recall it being mentioned that the Ecclesiarchy's core doctrine is that the Emperor's warriors are joining him in the afterlife for the final battle (kind of like Valhalla and Ragnarök), which is also alluded to in some of the Battle Sister quotes of the old Black Industries Inquisitor's Handbook ("tomorrow we shall be at our Father's side"), but it's questionable how widespread this actually is, given the Ministorum's practice of absorbing native faiths rather than replacing them.
I too remember reading about the truth about human souls actually dissolving in the Warp (I think this was in either a Chaos or Eldar Codex), but what does the truth matter, right? Certainly, none of the characters in your group would follow such heretical convictions.
Neat plans for that ship and its master, too, by the way!
Edited by Lynata, 14 May 2014 - 11:54 AM.