So after two years of planning, scripting, rewriting, scrapping, reviving and finalizing, I think I'm finally ready to write my first fantasy novel! I made it my goal, when creating the world, to stray as far from Tolkien, Howard, and Lewis as I could, creatively, while leaving familiar elements that won't scare readers away. I've got the plot down, the races that inhabit, places and people and so on... so I should get right to work, yeah? Well now that I've created this strange new fantasy world, I have one major problem: how do I introduce it in the actual story? To make the question more specific: how do I introduce the people, places, and races without taking the reader out of the story completely? When the main character encounters a race or person that is more than just hair and clothes, how much detail should I go into? What about the culture of the race?