With danger at least temporarily averted, our heroes dug through the rubble of a small hut torn to pieces by the spidery creatures. In the broken remains of what seemed to be Menso’s personal effects, they found a wand and a large leathery bag with a sealed brass enclosure covered in strange runes.
Giving the party a little distance, Boomah tore open the seal to see what was in the bag. A small swarm of black scorpions trust out of the opening and began to sting the goblin mercilessly. He fled, rapidly outpacing the tiny vermin and they were destroyed from range.
The bag contained arcane scrolls to be used against good creatures and a strange spell called memorize page.
Returning to the entry to wizard’s lab, they used summoned sacrificial ponies to defeat its guarding glyphs. The lab showed signs of a hazy departure, and the ancient wizard’s spell book and much of Menzo’s notes were gone. Boomah tried to slide the remaining articles into his bag when one scroll leaped into the air and wrapped itself around his face.
They circled the little alchemist but could not get the scroll to stop smothering him. Dremahl commanded the creature to fall, and with it temporarily still, they shredded it. Boomah buried the pieces in separate locations (and kept a few) to ensure it would not come back and haunt him.
They moved through an empty hallway apparently dug by magical means, and found an empty cell where Menso kept some of his more unruly creations.
Then they came to a storeroom filled with old wreckage, with but two glass cases still in good repair. The noted that they radiated necromantic magic and contained biological samples, including blue and red dragon scales. The other contained several jars with some kind of swirling fluid, and a large steel box radiating conjuration magic.
The curious goblin opened the box, freeing a gelatinous cube that had been stuffed into an extra-dimensional space. He tumbled free, and the party fled down the hallway.
They waited for it to come at them, but it instead it decided to stay and eat the samples laid out for it. Seeing it eat their booty, they attacked it in earnest until at last it dissolved, leaving them only damaged dragonhide for their trouble.