The Marmosans are an alien races native to the planet Marmos. They are a tall, humanoid race with flat, canine faces and coarse skin. The Marmosan culture is strongly tied to traditional values, and has been as patient and tenacious as the Fountain of Ancients. They also, like the Fountain, strove to grow stronger with age. The Marmosans have often referred to themselves as the Children of the Fountain, since they have developed many of the Fountain's characteristics. At the age of ten, every Marmosan is sold into servitude, usually to local governments. Especially troublesome youths are sold into slavery. This helps the young Marmosans learn to respect and admire their elders and the traditions of their people.