Since my question has to do with Gust I'll ask it here.
My wife was dual-wielding whips and she was facing a lvl 2 Bat. She rolled two whips and the Bat lost its two strength dice. I activated the Gust ability, but it was unclear if the Bat would get to roll its two dice again since the whip ability removes the dice from combat. Does Gust, in short, re-initiate the combat from the start? Or would it only continue the combat with the dice that haven't been removed from combat?
It reinitiates the fight from the beginning. You might get lucky enough to successfully reroll the two whips, but the bat rolls both dice until such time as you do.