Cimbar was once the capital of Chessenta.
Hundreds of years ago, Tchazzar chose Cimbar as the center of his short-lived Chessentan Empire. Cimbar was the traditional capital of Chessenta, although it has only been so in truth for one short period of history. The city required particitpation in the arts, philosophy, and music by the population, and was known for its college of sages, and artist’s college. Cimbar boasted the second largest fleet in the eastern inner sea (behind Thay). Its fleet frequently battles with cities on the north coast.
Cimbar’s college of wizardry was in the process of being rebuilt (prior to the Spellplague) after its destruction in 1370 DR during a rite of power involving an evil Shadow Weave artifact. Long ago the ruling Sceptanar was unseated by the shadow mage Aeron Morieth, who held the job for a few months before appointing the noble-born wizard Melisanda of Arrabar to replace him. Aeron resided in the Maerchwood, a small forest between the Smoking Mountains and the Adder Peaks along the Winding River prior to the Spellplague.