So this is very much Game of Thrones inspired. I took the floor off the 'basement area' and it screamed BEAR PIT at me. So here we go. It's definitely not a carbon copy of the GOT bear pit.
It's background is that the pit used to be someones basement, but the cottage collapsed/ was torn down, and the basement was deepened for... bears which caused the nearby pond to drain into it. Yeah... So... Here goes nothing