I've procured what appears to be the spine, or at least a bony object resembling a spine, off of a soul parasite's corpse. It appears to be shaped much like a staff, and I believe it could be made to function as such with a little work.
I need to gather the various ingredients and combine them with the spine to complete the staff.
I need to kill albino cave snakes and gather unmarred swathes of white snakeskin.
I've gathered the necessary four swathes of snakeskin.
I've determined that a lacquer using the locale's lichen would serve well as a protectant for the spine. The mist grinnin herbalists will assuredly carry such a substance, and I estimate that three vials would suffice.
I have gained three vials of the lichen-infused lacquer.
The explorer indicated that a mighty soul parasite, called the Obdurate Parasite, held a powerful arcane focus called the Heart of Souls. I need to acquire this focus to complete the staff.
I have killed the Obdurate Parasite and gained the Heart of Souls.
I've completed the Spinestaff!
I've gathered all of the necessary components and integrated them into the spine resulting in the Spinestaff.