"I hung my lantern from a nearby support strut and set about to examine the strange opening. It was emerging from the cave floor at an odd angle, as though it had been grown there. It was soft and warm to the touch, but had a solid structure that seemed like plastic. The horned protuberances were covered with small fine hairs that stung my fingers when I touched them, much like a cactus. The entire structure dripped with the humidity of the cave. I wiped the sweat from my brow to see more clearly. I'd looked all about the cave but still could not locate the source of all the steam.