They have to spy Elaida's activities for the rebel Aes Sedai, and to spread dissent inside the Tower, for example revealing about the Red Ajah's involvement in setting up Logain Ablar as a false Dragon and Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan's knowledge of this plot. .
The Salidar Six felt that this was one way to prevent sisters from wanting to return to the Tower while and, at the same time, destabilizing the Tower and undermining Elaida's position.
They were two Aes Sedai from each Ajah, save Blue and Red. All of them were discovered by the Black Ajah Hunters, the two sitters Seaine and Pevara; the first discovered was Zerah Dacan and immediately all of them were captured and forced to sworn an oath of obedience to the sitters and to help them in the hunt of the Black sisters. The sitters also make use of them by ordering Meidani to try and re-new a friendship with Elaida.
When Beonin, who has been spying on the Salidar Aes Sedai, returns to the White Tower, she tells Elaida all about the ferrets. Tarna wants to know if she should have them arrested, but Elaida tells her to simply have them watched, to see who they associate with. She also tells Tarna to have Meidani invited to dinner with her, since she now knows why Meidani has been trying to renew their friendship .
They are reluctant at first, but eventually Egwene persuaded the sitters to remove the ferrets from their oaths, because it was a wrong way to proceed, despite the need of extreme secrecy and security.
The ferrets were:
- Meidani Eschede, Gray Ajah
- Jennet Cobb, Gray Ajah
- Zerah Dacan, White Ajah
- Bernaile Gelbarn, White Ajah
- Celestin Eguilera, Yellow Ajah
- Annharid Matoun, Yellow Ajah
- Ester Stepashin, Green Ajah
- Mikio Vadere, Green Ajah
- Haesel Lusara, Brown Ajah
- Cathal Devore, Brown Ajah