Essence is Jason’s ex and his “first time”. She’s a spiritual entity who is thousands of years old and has a dark side. Their relationship has been up and down, but ultimately they remain allies who respect and care for one another, even after he discovered that she had been possessing him. Later they came to an understanding and she showed up again to save Roy’s life for Jason’s sake.
- Jasons' ex and "first time"? It's never been officially stated but it's implied they were romantically linked. Although Jason only admitted she was his first kiss and they had a history of some kind. Honestly I got the impress that Lobdells' original idea was that Jason saw her that way and she lead him to believe she felt the same. Then the Tynion run ignored what came before. I could see the relationship existing in some form but except for Lobdell aging Robin Jason up in a throw away line Jason has been implied to be younger as Robin. That makes me think she didn't take him seriously as a romantic interest then. Now he seems emotionally older despite being so much younger than her but his emotional state is also improved thanks to him letting go of his tramua.
- "Spiritual entity"? That makes it sound like she's dead she's not. More of a mystic who's bonded to dark powers and is immortal.
- The part that really comes across as WTF to me is it saying she possessed him. When did that happen? Jason saw her when others didn't which was hinted at being something he was accustomed to either because of her powers or something special about him. Is this a way to explain away the original ending to the All Caste murders? Essence never possessed Jason and I doubt he'd trust her so easily if she did. She took over a woman's body in her back up to fight her "uncle" (I'm still not sure why) not Jason. If she possessed him then trying to trick him into doing her dirty work doesn't make sense.
Maybe it's nick picking but I don't like the sound of this. It makes Essence sound worse than she was, like she decided to take all free will from him.