The party discovered that the pool of magical liquids were indeed a powerful hallucinogenic messaging service. So they drank from it twice.
After scouring the underground facility, the only thing they could find was a lonely wraith and a whole lot of gold, but no Artifact. However, they did receive a warning from the Dark Hooded Figure, who apparently has an evil mysterious plan.
The party decides to head east to the next possible location of the Artifact, only to be ambushed by more incompetent orcs along the way.