|Please note: This article is about the Festering Pit in the Scorpion lands. For other uses of the term, please see Festering Pit (disambiguation).|
The Second Pit was created in the month of the Goat of 1173, near Shinden Gyokei,  during the final battle of the Destroyer War. The area had already been heavily tainted by the clash between Fu Leng and the foreign goddess Kali-Ma, and then by Fu Leng's death; both of these events weakened the fabric between Ningen-do and Jigoku. The pit was torn into being when Daigotsu, the ascended Dark God, crossed over from Jigoku and manifested on the battlefield to kill Kali-Ma.
Following the pit's creation, the Crab and the Scorpion were entrusted to defend the Empire from the threat that it posed.  They brokered a formal alliance over the management and security of the Second Pit, known as the Treaty of Odashi. 
The Crab Kaiu Iemasa oversaw the building of the Scorpion Wall around the second Pit.  In 1199 the Imperial Regent Utaku Zo Sia ordered to establish a buffer area around the Second Pit, which would be excluded from any military actions which were not related to the defense of the Scorpion Wall.  Imperial decree dictated that no foreign army would come within half a li of the Second Festering Pit except in assistance against outbreaks. 
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