"Most people of Thedas are aware of the islands to the north of our shores: Par Vollen, home to the dread Qunari, and Seheron, a land that has been in constant contention for many ages. Few are aware, however, that the Boeric Ocean to the north is littered with islands, some of which are quite substantial in size. Some provide haven for pirates, while others have colonies belonging to either the Qunari or the Tevinter Imperium (and which change hands as the war between them rages on), but there are many reports of other islands far beyond the reach of both nations.
Of particular interest is the possible existence of a large island called Par Ladi. Legends suggest that the inhabitants of the island, Parladians (for lack of a better term), are an insular people uninterested in contact with outsiders. According to one detailed account, the Parladians are said to have a capital with coastal fortresses that rival any in Thedas. The people there are "bedecked in gold and jewels, as cultured as any Tevinter nobleman even though they spoke an unknown language," and are quick to expel any foreigner who approaches—even, according to the account, a crippled ship that limps into their ports.
The interesting question, if these Parladians do indeed exist, is why they have not attracted the attention of the Qunari. Perhaps they have, but their fortresses are enough to hold their enemy back, and we in Thedas hear nothing of their battles. Other sailor tales, however, raise a more interesting possibility. They speak of Parladian witches, reminiscent of Rivaini seers, who have cloaked their island in a spell that discourages any who seek it out. Superstitious nonsense, or an explanation as to why no serious effort to contact these people has ever occurred? Whatever the truth, the lack of a berth in the Boeric Ocean (whether by virtue of the refusal by Parladians to offer it or the lack of their existence) has prevented Thedosian ships from ranging further north."
~ Excerpted from In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar, Volume II