Eight, so here I am back again, for more of the story-telling. We are coming nearer to the endgame.
The hunters will most likely all be suffering from wounds now, and depending on the items they would use, probably couldn't totally heal up. Shields would start to become faulty and the terrain harder. The surviving Nomad, if it survived to this point, would be weaker and probably also have injuries. The slog through Shear was starting to take it's toll. Some pets may not survive.
At long last the hunters will finally corner the Goliath. This battle rages on, as Goliath would, until this point, have the most health and armor of all of the monsters. I'd be looking for hunters to be braver in this fight, almost reckless. If not, or if they held back too much for fear or wounds, they would suffer consequences. They might pass out from exhaustion, suffer mental stress which would cause them to flee or fight at the wrong time, etc. (kinda looking at Evan here, heh)
Once Goliath falls, more samples would be taken. Skibbol would radio once again to Teak, and Teak's signal would be jammed...she was saying something about Cabot and his crew...something wrong...terrible...tragedy...wild...it's loose now...
Skibbol would urge the team to move quicker now. Speed seemed to be the priority, along with the crates, and even though many crates got destroyed, some would survive. Skibbol was adamant about those crates getting to Cabot, especially after Teak's transmission.
At this point I was unsure if I should go to the endgame monster or the second to last. It all depending how long it would have taken to get to this point, and the ending was somewhat fluid is what the team would face. But basically, I really wanted to have them encounter Scorpid. Scorpid would be a monster that may or may not be defeated...depending on the interaction with Rival's character along with Chi-Chi's and Stoic's aid. It would be possible for them to dissuade Scorpid from attacking, possibly even communicate with it in some rudimentary manner enough for it to cease attacking. This would have been the idea plan. If it all went south though, then Bill and Argus would be prompted to cut into Scorpid, at Skibbol's direction, to get the most idea samples. The samples could be over-analyzed by Rapterror's character...that depends. If the Scorpid would have lived, it would have been possible to attach a tracking beacon to it.
No matter if Scorpid was faced or not, the endgame would follow...