I have to disagree with you Gaeb.
I don't think AoL Sedais are able to do things Randtime Sedais couldn't dream of if they were only moderately educated in the use of the OP. Plus, OP was the main source of energy in the AoL. There is no way only a few worked with it.
when i gave the reference that "moderate" was relative, a person with a high school level knowledge is "moderate" today, but he would be an uber-genius 3000 years ago. after a few years of study in the OP, they would be able to do amazing things by randlands standards.
And the 2nd part was in an interview (or maybe the BWB), ill try to track it down. MOST AS in the AOL didnt have jobs that dealt with the OP. angreal/sangreal were readily available, so strength in the OP meant little as well, if something needed to be done, they found the most skilled person in that field, then made the appropriate circles/used the right angreal. The hall of servants coordinated all of it. healers, and mining were fields that only were done by channelers, but most other things were done by many, terangreal were also readily available and many can be used withouth the OP. Think what % of the population are miners, doctors, and work with the power company, i bet its a small fraction of a %, then youd have ppl that studied the OP, who are kind of like professors and grad students, add all of them up and the amount of ppl that actually work in a field that needs the OP is still a very small fraction of a % of the population.
And that thing about the yellow ajah. I like to compare field medics and hospital doctors. The only type of healing yellow ajah sedais knew is the crude stuff. It used the Power to stimulate the person's body to use its own energy and increase healing. AoL healers could probably use the Power to take care of the stimulation and the energy needed to fully heal. I bet they were also able to pin point illnesses so that the patient do not drown in their own blood or things like that. Delving was also probably used to pinpoint different illnesses and conditions. Much like xrays and the thing docs use to see the brain activity, delving weaves probably varied unlike the randtime sedai delving that shows a bit everything and not fully in depth (think normal delving and the wise one delving for pregnant kids)
all of what i said was explicitaly stated in the books, the weaves yellows use (until nyneave) were a weaves used on battlefields by lesser AS, who didnt have the skill to delve and heal much, they just put 1 weave, and hoped they were strong enough that it didnt kill them. (you cant heal small animals or babies cause healing causes shock that will kill them). there still was skill in the AOL weaves, you had to know what to heal and how much, which is why semmy was renowned, she could heal ppl that others had assumed there was no way to heal them without killing them.
LOL. So if randtime sedais lived in AoL they'd all be considered criminals coz of the ageless face hahaha. Thanks for clarifying that for me Gem.
sammael mentions this to messana i think, asking her since shes in the tower is she going to bind herself like a common criminal
there were many oath rods, known as binders, in the AOL, each was numberd, we know theres a handful left in the 3rd age, i guess it can be assumed that they were "kept track" of so that criminals couldnt release themselves. they served many purposes, first, and obviously they would keep criminals from repeating crimes, but more than that, the more oaths you take, the more "ageless" you look, and the shorter your life is, so it kept criminals from breaking the law, and it shortened their life and let others know what they were.
there was and article somewhere i read a few years ago that describe the gov't of the AOL, there were 3 branches, executive, legislative, and the hall of servants (i guess they didnt need a judicial as there werent really criminals). the hall of servants was the branch that dealt with channelers, organizing, making/enforcing laws, etc, the person in charge was "first among servants" and wore the ring of tamrlyn, LTT was head of the hall of servant, but during the war he later became the leader of the exective branch, whose title was "lord of the mornng" sort of like the president of the world (the VP was called the "lord of the twilight") you didnt have to be a channie to be lord of the morning, but since they were popular and "honored" they often were. the lord of the morning could summong the rods of dominion, meaning call a meeting with the governors of the world (maybe they were like presidents of continents, or whatever, there were 9 of em)
as to age, in the AOL, messana was 200 at the collapse and she was stated to be "young". LTT was 400 and still in his prime, so i would assume that top tier channies could live to be 800ish. if current AOL didnt bind themselves they could expect to live to be 300-400, instead of 250 like they do, Cadsuane is 300, but shes also one of the most powerful AS in the tower, so maybe with oath rod and 3 oaths channies could live to be 400