THE DARK TIMES
After an disagreement during an Imperial mission to eliminate an insurgency of Separatist droids on Onderon, Hunter and Crosshair parted ways. While the rest of the Bad Batch defected from the new Empire alongside a child called Omega, who was a mutated clone like the rest of the Batch, Crosshair remained behind to serve the Empire.
Hunter quickly became a father figure to the young Omega. Without orders to follow or a Republic to serve, Hunter's new mission was to keep the team together and find a way to survive in the changing galaxy. Initially, Hunter tried to send Omega to live with Cut Lawquane and his family, believing the former clone and his wife to be better guardians for a child. But Omega made it clear that she wanted to remain with Clone Force 99.
The child quickly proved to be a valuable asset to the team. On the Ordo Moon, Hunter was knocked unconscious while tracking a creature that had stolen a part from the ship, and Omega managed to finish the mission on her own.
The galaxy posed other dangers to the child's safety. On Corellia, Hunter worked with Trace and Rafa Martez to rescue Omega from being boiled alive in a droid decommissioning facility. The reappearance of Clone Captain Rex forced Hunter to come to terms with the fact that the entire Bad Batch could be a threat to Omega if their inhibitor chips were activated.