A commission for Tantantanuki’s
13th birthday. If you’ve ever seen her gallery, you’ll quickly deduce that she’s an aficionado of everything Sly Cooper related; hence, this picture.
“Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” roughly translates to “Beaten by the waves, it does not sink”, and is the motto of Paris, home of Sly Cooper. I felt it was an appropriate title for the artwork due to the location it depicts (Paris), and the events occurring within that location (ie: the Cooper gang’s battle with Clockwerk).
Well, out of all the villains in Sly’s extensive rogues gallery, Clockwerk has always been my favourite. He has the strongest connection to the Cooper clan (he hated them so much that he made himself immortal and hunted them for centuries), and to Sly himself (Clockwerk murdered Sly’s father).
No major villain before or since Clockwerk in the Sly trilogy has equaled or surpassed him. Clock-la was just a Clockwerk clone motivated by petty greed (rather than millennia-old loathing), and Dr. M. (though a challenging opponent with a grudge against Sly and his dad) just wasn’t as big, threatening or vengeful.
Plus, Clockwerk’s boss battle was HARD AS NAILS
Anyway, let me pitch “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” to you:
It is six months after Sly 3.
One of Clockwerk’s living descendents has rebuilt Clockwerk’s hate chip (the source of his immortality), and reassembled his body. The leader of the Fiendish Five is back, and ready to exact bloody retribution on his mortal foe, Sly Cooper.
One small problem. He doesn’t know where Sly is.
The solution? Paris.
Clockwerk travelled to the city of lights once before, when he paid a friendly visit to the two last living Cooper raccoons. The son of his prey, that sniveling little brat who shot him down two years ago, was born in Paris, and has a soft spot for the place. He’ll come running when Clockwerk starts ripping it to pieces. Besides, even if the pathetic rat doesn’t show, Clockwerk has been dead for a while. He could use some exercise.
As it turns out, the last Cooper does show.
Sly Cooper was already on vacation in Paris with a couple of his old friends, “admiring” art at the Louvre on the night Clockwerk rained his vengeance down upon the capital of France. After returning the Mona Lisa to its rightful place, Sly, Bentley and Murray weighed their options.
There was no time to form an elaborate battle plan. Clockwerk’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Sly, combined with his already seething hatred of the Cooper clan, had increased his strength astronomically. He would destroy Paris in minutes.
Fleeing wasn’t an option. There are over ten million people in Paris, and Sly Cooper, in spite of his many well-cultivated faults, is neither heartless or a coward.
Backup was too far away, and Paris' power grid had already been blacked out by Clockwerk’s crushing assault. They couldn't call or radio anyone.
In the end, there was only one choice the original Cooper gang could make. They had fought Clockwerk before. They knew the deadly owl’s strengths, and his weaknesses. They were the best chance Paris had.
Stopping briefly at an old safehouse near Dmitri’s, the Cooper gang pick up some auxiliary gear and weapons, scale the tallest building nearby and looked on.
Entire districts of Paris are already burning under a hail of Clockwerk’s energy blasts.
Sly climbs up an aerial, and shouts a challenge. Immediately, impossibly, Clockwerk-several kilometers up in the air, far beyond earshot-breaks off his attack, and dives directly towards his most hated foes.
The Murray lets out a roar, and raises his fists.
Bentley arms a bomb, and plans like mad.
Sly raises his Cane, heirloom of the Cooper raccoons, symbol of his proud heritage, the same Cane he used to smash Clockwerk’s screaming face in all those years ago. He looks his father’s killer in the eye. In the scant seconds before the Cooper gang and their deadliest enemy clash for the last time, Sly Cooper, sole survivor of the Cooper clan, has time to think only one thing:
“God, I hope Carmelita doesn’t see me like this.”
Whew. Looks like I’m more of a Sly Raccoon fan than I’d care to admit
Drawn in Adobe Photoshop CS3, over one week. Sly, Bentley, Murray and Clockwerk were sketched by myself, but Paris is heavily based on tooti’s
excellent photograph “Eiffel Tower”, which you can find here:[link]
Sly, Bentley, Murray and Clockwerk are copyright © of Sucker Punch games.
“Eiffel tower”, the artwork which my rendition of Paris is based on, is copyright © of tooti.
Paris, presumably, is copyright © of France.