12/25/19??- An armed troop of level 3 personell indoctrinated in the catholic belief descended into the cave, describing it(as video equipment was rendered null) as having many layers of different kinds of minerals, ranging from regular dirt, to calcite, crystals, gold, and finally a dark red soil which tests later confirmed was soaked with blood. About halfway through the cave an etching was found in the wall, written in what is believed to be mid-renaissance italian, leading researchers to beleive this was the cave that Virgil led Dante through on their journey to hell.(See Appendix A: Inscription within the cave) Upon reaching the end of the tunnel, the team described a giant chamber, of which the ceiling was not visible. The team then reported hearing the "most wretched cries imaginable" as the souls of tormented screamed in sorrow and agony on the floor of the chamber. A winged beast appeared to the team, with the body of a giant eagle, a lions claws, and the "most hideous human face imaginable," upon which approximatly thirty rounds each from the squads rifles was ineffective. The beast attempted to strike a squad member however a light burst from his chest and the monster seemed to desintegrate with a noise like "nails on a chalkboard." It was revealed that the member was wearing a scapular, which seemed to produce the beam that slew the monster. At this point the team attemped to flee the chamber but were unable to find the entrance. They were only recovered after their eight hour limit when the overseeing squad reeled in the eighty mile long tether connected to each operative.
1/16/19??- The tunnel to hell has been sealed and all future exploration is denied.