I'll update later as I get more stuff going.
Yeah, I went with arms since I liked the look of it the most, plus, I think that it gives me a fair deal to work with terms of creativity for how it would affect the culture.
And yeah, it makes the most sense in terms of evolution, and cool enough, it matches up with some concepts I had for an aquatic species where the fins came off the forearm as well. So it kinda leads into evolutionary theory with similar traits.
As for the 2nd pic, that's interesting that it was the pinky that evolved. I'm trying to have a way to give them use of their hands though, that's why atm, I have the wing kinda come off from the wrist, so they have the hands free to hold things and case spells. I'll see what I can manage, but yeah, atm I'm drawing skeletons and shit to see how the anatomy would more or less work.
One thing that's certain is that the wing, and especially the bones of the wing, both have to be very flexible and most of all, foldable, which is good cause most wings are, but the main reason is for day to day things. Kinda see the wings gracefully dragging by their sides as they walk, and sit and stuff.
In combat they're mostly leg focused since they arms/wings are occupied with maintaining flight.
I was also thinking about how they might have evolved into having wings. I was giving thought into the ostrich, and figured I'd probably start drawing some sketches of something kinda similar to have a leway for evolution as well as creatures that might have led into the evolution of the intelligent "bird."
Some guys on /adv/ gave some neat advice as to the evolutionary aspect of them.
And then I began to consider what sorts of weaponry rivals would use to combat such a creature. I figured the lance and the bow would be most effective early on. Which is cool I wanted to give that weapon more light that the "typical sword."
A lot of things to take into consideration, which is kinda neat.