As a deshyr, Denek is one of 80 nobles who votes on who among the nobles will become king. Although willing to sell his vote to the highest bidder, he does so only for the sake of his house, and has very little enthusiasm for the cutthroat politics of Orzammar or those who participate in it. He frequents Tapster's Tavern, socializing and discussing politics with members of the lower castes, much to his mother's consternation. He has very forward-thinking opinions on the dwarven caste system and believes the average citizen is just as capable of governing and fighting as nobles and warriors. Lord Helmi's liberal ideas have earned him the ire of most of the noble caste, a resentment he duly returns.
You must think I'm pretty sodding naive, huh? They're all the same: well-dressed, blood-sucking cave ticks.