Wondering what others do when a starting friend/rival NPC dies in the course of the narrative! Do you let PCs pick a new one or just keep their ghost around?
I treat the contact lists as starting off points. You can add folks to them either through scores, long term projects, or as a result of the fiction, and folks can be removed as well, either because they move, they aren’t willing to talk to you anymore, or the perish.
But I think in general if a contact died, I’d want to consider if it was possible for them to stick around as a ghost. I mean, how could would it be to have Rorick, leader of the Crows, now dead on your contact list!
That sounds like a good way to approach it, thanks! Interestingly in a recent score our group killed off an NPC, a legendary assassin who was targeting one of their contacts. I wasn’t expecting them to get taken out so soon (critical roll, what can you do)!
Then when we rolled entanglements they got Unquiet Dead…so I think the assassin will be hanging around for a while and may well become a useful contact themself!