Ahren will reveal that he was born on the surface and that he makes trips back to Orzammar two times a year in order to restock. He also finds his job important, as he views the trade that the surface dwarves do as Orzammar's lifeline. For that reason, he also feels bitter about the fact that the Assembly is denying a caste to their surface kin; however, he is optimistic that this could change by the time his children grow up. Ahren also mentions that he never had Stone sense, in contrast to his father.
Even though he says he is a merchant, he does not sell the Warden any goods.