So I've tried seriously everything on these forums and others and none of the strategies people post seem to work for me. I cast Protection from Petrification on everyone before the fight, they still die.
I cast Dispel Magic on people when they're hit with the gaze; nothing happens. I cast it maybe 4 more times until Imoen has no more spells left, and still nothing happens and my character dies.
Plus, Aec'letec doesn't seem to give a crap about any of the summoned monsters I throw at him to distract him and will always come straight at me while the skeletons take forever to frigging get in the fight.
The worst one is probably the random bug where after the first round, Neera just refuses to cast spells. It doesn't always happen, but I'll get this thing where she just won't do anything, despite NOT having a silence or ANY negative effect on her at all.
Not to mention, invariably in the first round he'll just ruin the entire thing with a single spell that of course goes off faster than any of my characters actions. Almost every time I try, everyone is running/frozen/stunned and Dispel Magic doesn't even work to free them, nor does Remove Fear. What the hell am I supposed to do with this? I'm seriously at wits end here. Please, please someone help me figure out this god awful fight...
(my party is a lvl 8 shield fighter, lvl 7 Dorn, Imoen (at thief 4, Mage 9), Viconia lvl 8, Neera lvl 9, and Yeslick at lvl 6)