Sshamath was established in -4973 DR by the Lolth-worshipping Drow House Sshamath. It was a standard drow city for nearly 2000 years. Then, in -2867 DR it was discovered that the city’s local faerzress was fluctuating badly. Five years later it was gone and the city was greatly weakened. Around 3 centuries previous the Matron Mothers of the city had given birth to an unusually large number of male children. This contributed to a large increase in the number of wizards, and a decrease in the number of priestesses. Thanks to the lack of nearby threats, the house wizards set about plundering the ruins of lost civilizations, such as Netheril and Oghrann. They took and duplicated every magical item that they could find, using them to instigate a very short civil war that killed all of the house matriarchs and replaced them with wizards. Now, practitioners of the art reign supreme.