Planning in the Frozen Land of Nador

I thought I had settled on a location for my Ice City, but I found a few other nice locations and now I can’t decide.  Since I’ve been stuck on this problem for a week now, I’m looking for opinions.

Frozen Land of Nador
Frozen Land of Nador

I have chosen the name “Nador” from an obscure line in Month Python’s Holy Grail: “Arthur crossed the frozen land of Nador”.  So here we have Nador, and we need to pick a location for its capital: Arthur’s Crossing.  Yes, its a play on King’s Landing.  I’m looking to build this as an organic city, one that starts out small, and grows; similar to Imperial City and Agrazahn.  Pictures are at the bottom.

Site A is a point of land surrounded by a frozen river.  What I like here is the natural cave system thats open to the surface. It makes for a nice place to start a small settlement, protected from the elements.  I think regardless of whether I pick this spot for the City, I will still build something in this cave 🙂  We have some decent hills here to build a castle upon (I like my castles up high).

Here there is a nice crescent-moon type hill above a mostly flat naturally-defined bit of land.  This was the original spot I had chosen, and I do still kinda like it.  I pictured the royal castle on the crescent-hill, but I really don’t think its big enough now that I’ve looked closer.  The hill across the river might work better.. But what this spot really lacks is some defining landscape feature. There isn’t much going on here, just a large flat open area.

This is a nicely defined “island” created by a looping river.  The frozen river that loops around could be used as a type of moat, with the city walls built right up against it on the inside.  There are also two large hills here to build something impressive upon, be it a castle, temple, whatnot.  And there’s plenty of room to start a small town in the center, and then grow it to fill the “island”

Very similar to Site C (actually, its just south of it, the bottom half of the figure-8 river islands), but its a bit smaller. It also has one mountain, but its a bit larger and I kind of like it better for an imposing ice-fortress type castle 🙂