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- "My job is to tell the authorities what I know about the Jedi. Not what I suspect. My lifelong job as a documentarian is to show the truth and expose lies. If I conclude that the position of my employers—that the Jedi have to be reined in for the sake of society, and anything the government does to rein the Jedi in is justified—is a lie, it sort of puts me in an awkward position. So I don't speculate. I try to figure out what the right thing to do is, and then do it."
- ―Dab Hantaq, shortly after the Raid on the Armand Isard Correctional Facility, on being an observer.
During the second year of the Yuuzhan Vong War at the age of twelve, he was made to look like Anakin Solo by the treacherous New Republic Senator Viqi Shesh in an attempt to confuse Leia and Han Solo and kidnap Ben Skywalker from them. In return for this masquerade, during which Dab went by the name of "Tarc Kether," Shesh promised a safe transport for his mother and sisters off Coruscant.
However, the plan failed. After the Battle of Coruscant, Dab, along with other Coruscanti refugees, ended up on Hapes, where he attended Anakin Solo's funeral. He was later taken on by Wolam Tser and Tam Elgrin as a holocam operator.
Sixteen years later, in 43 ABY, Dab was assigned by the Galactic Alliance as a Jedi supervisor to watch Jedi Knight Jaina Solo on her missions. This was an annoyance for her as his appearance served as a reminder of Anakin Solo. Dab also confided in Jaina that he had been enamored with Tahiri Veila since he first met her during the Yuuzhan Vong War. Solo warned the young man to stay away from Veila, even though he had a crush on her.
Later, in 44 ABY, Eramuth Bwua'tu contacted Hantaq to make an appearance in the Ninth Hall of Justice in the Galactic Justice Center on Coruscant during Veila's trial, as he hoped that her reaction to seeing Hantaq would make the jury sympathetic to her plight. Veila was shocked and deeply upset by this tactic, although the move achieved what Bwua'tu had hoped it would achieve, as the jury empathized more with Veila.
- The New Jedi Order: Star by Star (First appearance)
- The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey
- The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
- The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
- The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)
- Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
- Fate of the Jedi: Omen (Mentioned only)
- Fate of the Jedi: Allies