Flask was a taller-than-average Jawa — a gaunt, rodent-like creature with a shrunken face and yellow eyes. Like other members of his repugnant species, he frequently wore a dirty, reddish-brown robe girded by an ammunition bandoleer. He was a pacifistic creature, but would defend himself when necessary. He was unusually fond of Gamorrean grog and, while a vagrant in Mos Eisley, fell hopelessly in love with a human female. After a brief stint as a trader on Tatooine, he became an alien soldier in the Galactic Empire during the reign of Emperor Piett. After graduating the Imperial Academy, he disappeared.
Born on the desert world of Tatooine, the early years of Flask's life were marked by hardship and hunger. It is believed that he was a scrap metal trader in the Jundland Wastes and led a hand-to-mouth existence. After being exiled by his Jawa clan, he migrated to dangerous spaceport of Mos Eisley and became an overworked employee of the Rytorian Trading Company.
When he was not roaming the back alleys of Mos Eisley Spaceport, Flask was a frequent denizen of Chalmun's Cantina, also known as the Mos Eisley Cantina. While intermingling with patrons and guzzling Gamorrean grog, he fell in love with a dainty human female whose name he later forgot. When the female explained she only wanted to be friends, the Jawa was heartbroken.
In the first quarter of Year 1, Flask applied to join the Imperial Army. At that time, the Galactic Empire was governed by Emperor Piett and permitted aliens to be employed in menial capacities. There were rumors that even a dim-witted Gamorrean, Hovstad Stockmann, had achieved the rank of lieutenant in the Imperial Army. As such, Flask was readily accepted by the Army and enrolled at the Imperial Academy. His instructor was Ranma and Flask graduated after several months of training.
Following his brief tenure in the Empire, Flask disappeared. Wild tales circulated that he joined the Red Moon Mercenaries or had a life-energy transfer somewhere in the Outer Rim, but these stories have never been substantiated.
Behind the Scenes
The character of Flask was created in 1994. Named after the third mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the character was envisioned as a human bounty hunter from the planet Roon. He owned a battered YT-1300 freighter known as Monsoon, and he was a companion of Dack Ralter.