Has anyone else had the issue that the follower doesn't use the pillar and just stands there saying that they'll do the thing? I've been telling my follower to use the pillar for about 15 minutes now and they won't. They'll wait when I tell them to, take things, and attack, but he won't use the pillar. Is the pillar buggy or will it only work with specific followers?
I think I've heard of that. Did you try holding the action key near a follower? That will give you the ability to tell a follower to do something, similar to the dialogue option, and sometimes will work better than telling them with regular dialogue.