The Bear Tribe is (or was) a Barbarian tribe, active prior to the destruction of the Worldstone. Those that hailed from the tribe were masters of the mace, and advocated a close grappling form of combat. This was in contrast to the style of the Crane Tribe (masters of the polearm), which valued distance, grace and the use of a single overwhelming blow in combat. Though the two clans were wary of each other for many generations, not long before the Worldstone's destruction, the nomadic peoples commingled and shared their powerful techniques with all who would learn.
The tribe was among those who fought against Rakkis in his attempted conquest of the Northern Steppes. Rakkis and his forces were eventually beaten back, but at the cost of many lives, including the tribe's chief.