Seems like these stories practically require you to create a vast world, complete with cities, countries, governments, etc. This seems so daunting. It looks like you will spend as much time creating the background of the story, as you will writing the story itself. And even worse if you plan to create multiple books. Does one have to go throuh this? I'm trying to think of some Fantasy novels that do not have very complex, detailed worlds. The reason I ask, is because I like more character driven stories, I don't care so much about creating a detailed world from scratch (but I will if I must).