- “You must think I'm pretty sodding naive, huh? They're all the same: well-dressed, blood-sucking cave ticks.”
During the events of the Fifth Blight Denek is the youngest deshyr in the Assembly and he along with 79 other deshyrs are responsible for electing the next king of Orzammar. 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 his colleagues in the Assembly, a resentment he duly returns.
- "Lord Denek Helmi, honoured deshyr of the Orzammar Assembly, and terrible disappointment to my esteemed mother, who doesn't approve of me spending time in taverns".