Lord Bear is the title of the leader of the Bearkillers. Mike Havel was given the moniker of Lord Bear after Astrid Larsson had the hide and head of a grizzly bear preserved and presented to him.
The first Lord Bear was Mike Havel, who founded the nation in the days following the Change and brought it to its capital.
Before his death, Havel designated Will Hutton as regent until Mike Havel, Jr. became old enough to stand before the Bearkillers and claim his title. Signe Havel became regent instead without explanation.