Istaban Novares is credited as being one of the founders of the nation of Tear.
He was a nobleman of the province during the days of Artur Hawkwing. Upon Hawkwing's death in FY 994, he formed an alliance with an equally powerful noblewoman named Yseidre Tirado and, together with their supporters, they seized control of the city and a stretch of surrounding countryside. Neither was powerful enough to declare themselves king or queen, so a ruling council was established instead.
Over the course of the War of the Hundred Years, Tear overcame its enemies and expanded to its modern size, with the notion of a council of High Lords and Ladies leading the country instead of a single ruler becoming cemented in law.