His followers believe genuinely that they are doing good deeds and helping others. Elothiomel has helped them to some degree out of a poor living situation, and they repay his “kindness” in turn by “paying it forward” and collecting donations for him to continue this process.
The activists that collect donations for their cause are protected to some degree by him. They turn these donations over to “Elders” who then deposit the donations in specified locations within the forest marked with his sigil. Anyone that removes items deemed as “his” are considered stealing his property.
All posts before 8/1/19 are written by Aurelia, Former Lord Commander of the Duskwatch Legion, the last Soldier of the Dark Mountains