I need help figuring out where to take one of my Main Characters. I have several plot lines for him, but I'm stuck at a crossroad--- Tanner Moriage is a very independent man- well, more so a young adult, living on his own in the woods. He is barely old enough to be taken seriously, but a hard life and some unnatural abilities have helped him gain the skills he needs to survive. He's an excellent pickpocket, and has only rarely been caught in the act. He's fairly isolated, and tries to avoid cities when he can, but his main goal of finding and killing his father seems to drive him into them all the time. Now, here's where I get stuck. Tanner's father is a breeder of unnatural creatures, with mixed abilities and traits of different species, sort of like a chimera. He's created a lot of dangerous beings, and had even given Tanner a talking hawk as a companion for his thirteenth birthday. After an incident, though, Tanner's father was forced to run, and abandoned Tanner for death. He escapes with his hawk companion, and now he's looking for his father for revenge. He needs to be able to pick up a trail, but he's sensible enough not to take shots in the dark, and frankly I can't figure out anything creative for him. Any thoughts and ideas will be greatly appreciated!