I actually just changed two of those right before you quoted them.
Val is already CIG-9, so it could be her standard suit. We don't know who took the hunters off the planet for definite certainty, although it was more than likely SolGuard.
Can you think of another reason why they would come back to Shear?
Also, your Dark Ages thing is wrong. It is because they shut Patterson Space off for both dimensions, not because of the years-long war; although, that obviously does play a major factor.