I’ve just completed the full living ship quest line and have now been directed to my new living ship, its asking for the hardened heart node which I think I may have accidentally deleted, what can I do to get another heart node without having to start the whole quest line from a previous save.
@Scrappydoo75: I have changed the category to ‘NMS Beyond - Help A Fellow Traveler’.
Sounds like you may have to restart the quest as the item is required, and can for as far as I know only be obtained during the StarBirth mission:
No way to alter the save file to get it back?
There are save editors out there, so it’s up to the players if they want to modify the file. Some might be fine with it but others might want to get the items legitimately.
Not sure what platform @Scrappydoo75 is on, but if on PC, a Save Editor can certainly fix this. I am more then willing to help out if need be.
Apparently the OP did get theirs legitimately, but lost it. (Which is why I wondered about a save editor.)