Gwena, along with her mate (at the time) Mardic, founded Clan Benzaiten after fleeing from their previous clan, Clan Pyrrha, which was experiencing famine due to overpopulation briefly before its collapse. While Gwena didn't become Deacon originally, she held an almost half-Cardinal, half-Deacon position after her first nest with Mardic hatched.
At this time, there already was conflict between the couple. Gwena had approved the taking in of multiple orphaned hatchlings, including ones from other Flights. Mardic, who did not approve of this since overpopulation had been the reason they had left Clan Pyrrha, ordered her to not allow anymore hatchlings into the clan.