Narcissists like to rally people to their cause. When they go after a target, they typically pull in others as co-abusers. These accomplices are weak and spineless people who may have personality disorders themselves. Or, they may be the victims of narcissistic abuse. Sometimes they have so little character that they align with the powerful narcissist because they cower in fear. If they don't march in lockstep with her agenda, they could be next.
Other observers may turn on the target because they believe the abuser's twisted lies. Narcissists have no compunction about spinning the most elaborate tales about someone they want to discredit.
It's a shame the majority of people can't see through these tactics. But the reality is that a narcissist almost always wins the battle.
One of the most painful aspects of being a target is watching people you thought you could count on, one by one, jump to the narcissist's side. Many of us familiar with narcissistic manipulation call these folks "flying monkeys," named after the evil monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. A narcissist can get nowhere without them, and would never be able to cause so much damage if they didn't have a fleet of these pathetic creatures.
When you're immersed in the drama, it appears as if you're losing a lot of friends. However, after you recover, and look back on the situation, you can see that each of these flying monkeys had their own set of issues. Some were narcissists themselves. Others were simply very shallow.
Moving forward, your life will be filled with much better relationships. This is one of the blessings of being a recovered target.
Recovery happens only after you forgive, no matter how malicious and devious the behavior was. It's not easy, but it's necessary in order to move forward.