Essia was once the consort for Queen Salmissra when she was still a human. He was described as an indolent, pampered-looking young man whose head was riot shaved. His hair was elaborately curled, his cheeks were rouged, and his eyes were fantastically made up. He was wearing only the briefest of loincloths. He had a bored, sulky expression, and he was spoiled. He was prone to pouting and tantrums.
When Queen Salmissra chose Garion as a new consort, Essia attempted to attack Garion with a dagger, and Prophecy of Light defended Garion with using a couple of surges of force to fend Essia off. Queen Salmissra had a small green snake execute Essia for his actions.