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Some strong fantasy mystery books

2020.08.09 19:01 zombie_wonderland Some strong fantasy mystery books

Some say that mysteries are popular because people like puzzles. Well, I like a certain kind of mystery, but I’ve never been a puzzle person.
I like Raymond Chandler mysteries, the hard-boiled detective who fights to stay alive while prowling dark alleys and darker minds. Often, I don’t care that much about the final reveal of who the real criminal is. It’s the journey, the tortuous path that I like.
In fantasy especially, the who-dunnit can easily become a what-dunnit.

23. White Cat by Holly Black – 2010

Book 1 of 3 in The Curse Workers series
In this YA story, Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.
But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.
“Fans of the author will revel in the sophisticated and slightly-more-realistic-than-usual approach. . . fascinating and carefully developed characters, and lush setting descriptions.”
—BCCB (starred review)

22. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris – 2005

Book 1 of 4 in the Harper Connelly Series
Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid, and then getting out of town fast, because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting to know what she has to tell them.
At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, but the secrets of her death—and the secrets of the town—are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet…
“A spooky but sweet amateur detective mystery full of interesting characters.”
—Locus

21. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – 2009

Book 1 of 10 in the October Daye series
The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born.
Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas…
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery…before the curse catches up with her.
“Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale.”
—Publishers Weekly

20. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews – 2007

Book 1 of 10 in the Kate Daniels series
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way our of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Kate is a great kick-ass heroine.”
—Locus

19. Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy – 1983

Book 1 of 2 in the Black Dragon series
Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble—she just doesn’t know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact they’ve had for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her mother a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at the city’s most luxurious hotel. Yet, since Martha checked in, she still hasn’t been contacted by her daughter, and is feeling lonely, confused, and a little bit worried.
But Martha meets someone else at the hotel: Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who is drawn to Martha’s good character and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. They become close quickly, and he promises to help her find Elizabeth. Before he can solve the mystery, though, Martha herself disappears—and Mayland realizes that he’s in love with her.
Now, a man whose true nature and identity is unknown to those around him will embark on a potentially dangerous adventure in a city on the verge of exploding with its own sort of magic as technology spreads through the region that will become known as Silicon Valley.
“A small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background.”
—Booklist

18. Terrier by Tamora Pierce – 2006

Book 1 of 3 in the Beka Cooper series
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, and she’s been assigned to the Lower City. It’s a tough beat that’s about to get tougher, as Beka’s limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City’s criminal enterprises, and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost’s Guard has never seen before.
“With its rollicking adventures [and] appealing characters . . . Terrier… will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)

17. The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells – 1998

Nicholas Valiarde is a passionate, embittered nobleman with an enigmatic past. Consumed by thoughts of vengeance, he is consoled only by thoughts of the beautiful, dangerous Madeline. He is also the greatest thief in all of Ile-Rien. Under cover of darkness on the streets of the gaslit city, he assumes the guise of a master criminal, stealing jewels from wealthy nobles to finance his quest for vengeance: the murder of Count Montesq. Montesq orchestrated the wrongful execution of Nicholas’s beloved godfather Edouard on false charges of necromancy, the art of divination through communion with spirits of the dead, a practice long outlawed in the kingdom of Ile-Rien.
But now Nicholas’s murderous mission is being interrupted by a series of eerie, unexplainable, and fatal events. Someone with tremendous magical powers is opposing him, and traces of a necromantic power that hasn’t been used for centuries appear.
“Wells… continues to demonstrate an impressive gift for creating finely detailed fantasy worlds rife with many-layered intrigues and immensely personable characters.”
—Publishers Weekly

16. Finch by Jeff VanderMeer – 2009

Book 3 of 3 in the Ambergris series
This is the third book in the series. It can be read by itself, but you’ll get more out of it by reading the first two books (City of Saints and Madmen and Shriek: An Afterward) first.
Mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They have disbanded House Hoegbotton and are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers.
Against this backdrop, John Finch, who lives alone with a cat and a lizard, must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels. Nothing is as it seems as Finch and his disintegrating partner Wyte negotiate their way through a landscape of spies, rebels, and deception.
Trapped by his job and the city, Finch is about to come face to face with a series of mysteries that will change him and Ambergris forever.
“VanderMeer’s third book set in the fungus-laden city of Ambergris is an engrossing recasting of the hard-boiled detective novel… Though the book stands well on its own, fans of the earlier Ambergris novels will appreciate it even more.”
—Publishers Weekly

15. Low Town by Daniel Polansky – 2011

Book 1 of 3 in the Low Town series
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man: disgraced intelligence agent, forgotten war hero, and independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.
The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street, set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines.
“[A]n assured, roaring, and rollicking hybrid, a cross-genre free-for-all that relishes its tropes while spitting out their bones. And he does it all while spinning one hell of a gripping mystery.”
—The A.V. Club

14. Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale – 2007

If you think you’re ready for a murder mystery about a fetishist inquisitor and his gay demon-spawn lover, well, buckle up.
Belimai Sykes is many things: a Prodigal, the descendant of ancient demons, a creature of dark temptations and rare powers. He is also a man with a brutal past and a dangerous addiction. He’s also the only man Captain William Harper can turn to when faced with a series of grisly murders. But Mr. Sykes does not work for free, and the price of Belimai’s company will cost Captain Harper far more than his reputation.
From the ornate mansions of noblemen, where vivisection and sorcery are hidden beneath a veneer of gold, to the steaming slums of Hells Below, Captain Harper must fight for justice and for his life.
His enemies are many and his only ally is a devil he knows too well. Such are the dangers of dealing with the wicked.
“This ingenious fantasy romance continues to resonate in my imagination.”
—Lambda Literary Report

13. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch – 2011

Book 1 of 8 in the Rivers of London series
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost.
Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny.
Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.”
—io9

12. Blood Price by Tanya Huff – 1991

Book 1 of 5 in the Blood series
Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic, along with another, unexpected ally…
Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.
“Explores the borders of death and beyond with an intensity that is only partially lightened by touches of ironic humor.”
—Library Journal

11. Nightingale’s Lament by Simon R. Green – 2004

Book 3 of 12 in the Nightside series
The name’s John Taylor. I work the garish streets of the Nightside—the hidden heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side by side in the endless darkness of the soul.
I have a talent for finding things. People…property…no problem. But now I’m after something different.
A local diva called the Nightingale has cut herself off from her family and friends, and I’ve been hired to find out the reason. I’m also wondering why her suicide-prone fans think she has a voice to die for. Literally.
To get the truth, I’ll have to lend an ear to the most enticingly beautiful and deadly voice in all of the Nightside—and survive.
“[A] delight—exciting, action packed, truly suspenseful.”
—Booklist

10. Murder and Magic by Randall Garrett – 1979

Book 1 of 4 in the Lord Darcy Collections series
This alternate history series starring detective Lord Darcy and his sorcerer sidekick, Sean O Lochlainn, takes us into a reality where Richard the Lionheart’s descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire and the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. Murder and Magic, comprised of the first four stories of the acclaimed Lord Darcy series, finds Lord Darcy solving murders using his wits, a keen eye for observation, and a few choice magic tricks.
“If you are looking for something different in the way of mysteries a few hours with Lord Darcy is a fun way to go.”
—Daily Kos

9. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister – 2004

Book 1 of 4 in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series
Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she’s a Guardian. That’s a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don’t know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who’s scrumptiously sexy—at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.
“Graced with MacAlister’s signature sharp wit and fabulously fun characters, this paranormal romance is wickedly sensual and irresistibly amusing.”
—Booklist

8. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin – 2002

Book 1 of 2 in the Eddie Bear series
Once upon a time, Jack set out to find his fortune in the big city. But the big city is Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town, and it has grown considerably since the good old days and isn’t all that jolly any more. And there is a serial killer loose on the streets. The old, rich nursery rhyme characters are being slaughtered one by one, and the Toy City police are getting nowhere in their investigations. Meanwhile, Private Eye Bill Winkie has gone missing, leaving behind his sidekick Eddie Bear to take care of things.
Eddie may be a battered teddy with an identity crisis, but someone’s got to stop the killer. When he teams up with Jack, the two are ready for the challenge. Not to mention the heavy drinking, bad behavior, car chases, gratuitous sex and violence, toy fetishism, and all-round grossness along the way.
“[A] mad toymaker’s fever dream… Although substantially darker and edgier than the Hitchhiker’s series, this gem will appeal to Douglas Adams fans, as well as lovers of British humor in general.”
—Publishers Weekly

7. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison – 2005

Book 2 of 14 in The Hollows series
To save herself and her vampire roommate, former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan must confront six feet of sheer supernatural seduction—the vampire master—and dark secrets she’s hidden even from herself.
“Action packed … chick-lit with a supernatural twist.”
—The Times

6. Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris – 2001

Book 1 of 14 in the Sookie Stackhouse series
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s quiet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business—except when it comes to her “disability.” Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He’s tall, dark, handsome—and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…
But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. And when a string of murders hits Bon Temps—along with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for Bill—Sookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend is such a bright idea.
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”
—Entertainment Weekly

5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – 2001

Book 1 of 7 in the Thursday Next series
Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense.
All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.
“This novel might be called ‘James Bond Meets Harry Potter in the Twilight Zone.'”
—Publishers Weekly

4. Soulless by Gail Carriger – 2009

Book 1 of 5 in the Parasol Protectorate series
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and a werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
“Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. . . . This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

3. Storm Front by Jim Butcher – 2000

Book 1 of 17 in the Dresden Files series
As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do, enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.
So when the Chicago P.D. brings him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”
—Cinescape

2. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett – 1993

Book 15 of 40 in the Discworld series
I’m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels and can’t recommend them enough.
The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they’ve got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!
These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they’ve been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

1. The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes – 2019

This is a criminally underrated book.
Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?
Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear.
Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas–until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses.
“A strong psychological thread weaves through the story as characters confront the trauma of being imaginary and forgotten, adding depth to what at first may seem a silly concept. Readers will revel in this strange, fully realized world.”
—Publishers Weekly
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2020.06.05 19:52 livingdeaddoll666 28F for 1x1 RP

Name: lexie age: 27 writing style: 3rd person past tense, 1x1. length: semi para to novella speed: rapid fire or daily (depends on schedule)
What im searching for: 18+ literate roleplayers. Im not crazy strict on grammar but have proper spelling and use punctuation please. must write 3rd person and past tense
triggers: none
Character IM playing: Zoe Rivas (OC)
Character YOU play: Any characteOC you want just give a Skeet Ulrich or James Macavoy FC 😂
Please comment below or message me if you are interested.
this will be long term, 1x1, 18+
plot: based of lips of an angel by hinder. Zoe and Muse B were fwb, but after realising that they valued their friendship too much they stopped fooling around. Plus Muse B is good friends with Zoe's older brother Nate. Now they’re both in separate relationships and their partners are all kinds of uncomfortable with them still being friends so they start to drift. Zoe calls Muse B one night after a big fight with their partner and Muse B sneaks into the bathroom and has to whisper bc their partner can’t know they’re talking and they talk Zoe down from a panic attack. this happens over and over again until one night they’re all at the same baclub at the same time. muse b gets into a fight with Zoe's partner and Zoe is all i don’t know who i’m meant to defend so muse b is all don’t call me the next time he screams at you….. but that night muse b wakes up to a phone call, sees Zoe's name on their phone and doesn’t hesitate to sneak into the bathroom to talk them down again. give me muse b sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet Zoe and play with their haishare a cigarette/joint while they whisper about how they keep dreaming about each other + how they both just wanna move on but cant. Give me i cant quit you fwb feels. Give me sneaking around and unable to not touch each other. all the tension, feels and angst.
If you want a bio and faceclaim for Zoe, just ask!
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2020.04.11 05:25 brandidoll The Bald Man of Death and Torture

TL;DR at the bottom—
Pretext: As a child, for about 3 years, (6-9)I had the same dream. It would start like this. In the living room of my mothers house, we shared with my aunt. My mother would come from her room, walk to the fireplace, push a button on a wall, and the fireplace would open. It would be like a tunnel, with a car in it. She would walk through, I’d try to chase after her, she’d get in the car and drive away. I’d chase her until she passed this gas station at the end of the dirt road we lived on. I’d always stop here, too out of breath. I’d stand and watch her go. I’d cry. Then, a bald man in a green mask, just like the movie, would walk seemingly out of the gas station. He’d chase me. So fast. Legs so long. Imagine slender man like. I’d run to what would normally be a warehouse by the gas station, but this warehouse would turn into a tall tower as I got it. A tower like in a children’s fairy tale. I’d get to it, run through the open entry way, and run. I’d run up an ever long spiral stair case, legs burning, chest hurting, I could feel him behind me. See his shadow in the constant curve of the towers staircase. After what seemed like forever, I’d reach the top. The top was nothing but a space where a floor length window would be, but no glass. I’d always look behind me, trying to think of what I should do. Could I make it past him? What would he do if he got me? Every time, I would look over my shoulder, and I would jump. My white dress fluttering around me, I could feel the wind. I remember feeling.... freely terrified, that’s the best way I know to explain it. Just as I’d get to the ground, I’d wake up thrashing and panting. Night after night, the man with the green face came for me.
Now, as an adult, the man with the green face doesn’t come. But I know it’s him. It’s a new manifestation. He doesn’t have a green face, but he has the bald head, the eerily perfect smile, the wide eyes, the long legs. He gives me the same feeling of, I must get away. Now, as I have grown, as my mind has seen horrendous things, he as matured as well. He came back to me last year. I remember the horrible, weighted feeling I had waking up after the first time. I felt unclean. I knew I had seen him before, but couldn’t pin point it at first. I sat in bed remembering the horrors of the night and it clicked. It was him.
When he came to me last year, he showed himself in my daily life. I was in a vehicle with my SO, I was in the passenger seat. We were having a lovely time. Suddenly, next lane over, a blue car BLEW UP. Fire everywhere. We could feel the heat. All around us, pile ups, fires, wrecks. I screamed, I turned to my partner for security. That’s when I heard it. The laugh I remembered all too well from the haunting staircase of the tower. I turned around. Sure enough, in the back seat, there he sat. Wide eyed, gleaming, smiling ear to ear. The bald head still shiny, but white this time. -If you’ve seen James Macavoy in “Split” that’s the best comparison I have for those who don’t experience my worst nights.- He looked at me and spoke. “You’re going to be next.” Then fell into a fit of laughter. We drove as fast as we could, I didn’t know where we were going. We got to a gathering. People everywhere. It felt like we should be there. The bald man was too, however. He went around, simply touching people and killing them. There was a pool of water. Something told me that the only way to get away from him was to get in it. I jumped. The water was SCALDING. It burned my skin. I stayed under as long as I could. I stood up and almost baptized myself in a way. I stood and allowed myself to fall backwards. Then stood again and fell backwards facing the opposite way. He was still there. I was seemingly safe in this burning water. I woke up at this point.
He appeared again only a night later. This time, I was searching for my SO in a prison in Russia. He had been kidnapped. For some reason they did prison tours, so my friend and I discussed it and went as tourists to just see if he was really there. We walked through and saw men starving, being beaten, tortured, skinned, burned. A man with wild red hair, leather jacket, horrible teeth was guiding us. He opened this door to a cellar. From inside was screams. He looked at me and smiled and asked “Is this your boyfriend honey...?” And my stomach dropped. A man slowly staggered to the entrance, I feel bad for being relieved that it wasn’t him as this man was in a horrible state. But it wasn’t, and I was thankful. I wanted to find him, but not like this. He wasn’t in the prison, so my friend and I got out. I saw a white door on the side of the building opposite the street. So I ran. My friend tried to stop me but for some reason I ran toward it. I felt like he was somewhere in that building. I opened the door, and was horrified.
There was a wooden staircase made of nothing but sawed two by fours with about 6 steps. At the bottom was a tree. The tree had the maturity of an adult tree but it wasn’t as tall. Imagine a very old oak tree, but scaled down in size, so that with a good size ladder, you might actually reach the top. At the bottom of this tree stood a young man. A heavy set one, curly red hair, a yellow and red striped shirt, think Burt and Ernie. He was holding a crowbar, swinging it at something. I peered over the steps and got a better look... it was a goat. Tied in this tree was a goat being tortured. It was horrifying. The boy saw me and came for me. I fought him like mad and I won. I managed to get the crowbar from him and fight him off. I’m not sure if he died or was just knocked out. I never left the stairs. (Notice the stairs involved in the childhood nightmares as well) I turned around and tried to open the door. It was sealed. I started beating the door with the crowbar as hard as I could. Wood chips were flying, but I was doing no real damage to the door. I screamed in exasperation. That’s when I heard it, the laugh. I stood stone cold. I knew it was him again. Though this wasn’t a lucid dream, I was aware that it was the same man I had seen years before, as well as the night before. I turned to look at him. He came for me. Hitting me, choking me, slapping me, laughing the entire time. I hit him with the crowbar. I watched his back bruise from it and then disappear. Every mark I made on him, he would heal himself. Every cut, healed- every scratch, closed, even if he bled from it, it would disappear too. Something told me that the only way to defeat him was to behead him. I took the crowbar and jammed it into his throat, I did this repeatedly until it was only connected by a small piece of skin on the back of his neck. He fell to the ground at the bottom of the steps. I took a step down, then another, and another. I made it to the last one, I guess I had heels on or something, because I was going to sever this last piece of skin with my shoe by stepping on him. It didn’t go to plan. Just as I took my foot off. He looked at me with those wild eyes. Stark, steel blue, wide, not bloodshot. Then he smiled, and he pulled his head down, and his neck and his head pulled together, healed. It just closed up. No blood, no scar, nothing. He was fine. He stood up and reached his long arms out for me, I knew I couldn’t do anything else at this point. I closed my eyes and screamed, the moment his fingertips nearly touched me, I woke up. Panting. Sweating.
For many nights I have been scared to fall asleep. Actually fearing that I will die in my sleep, and in turn, real life.
All these dreams are in color. Very detailed. They feel eerily real. I often wake up looking around my room to see if someone is in here.
Tell me what you guys think. The dreams have been to specific for me to Interpret clearly. I’ve put many lines together. Connected many dots, especially the obvious dream and subconscious mind ones connected to real life, but they’re not really lining up. If you guys have input I’d love to hear it. Any similar stories?
This man has appeared more. If anyone would like to hear more, please tell me and I will gladly post.
TL;DR- A man from my childhood night mares has come back and it seems with a vengeance. He’s evil. I can feel it. I think he might be trying to kill me.
Edit: someone put this on the computer voice for nosleep
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2020.03.02 02:21 housesoctoberbuilt Discord or Wire RP Search

Name: lexie age: 28 writing style: 3rd person past tense, 1x1. length: semi para to novella speed: rapid fire or daily (depends on schedule)
What im searching for: 18+ literate roleplayers. Im not crazy strict on grammar but have proper spelling and use punctuation please. must write 3rd person and past tense
triggers: none
Character IM playing: Zoe Rivas (OC) (FC is Jessica Lowndes)
Character YOU play: Any characteOC you want just give a SKEET ULRICH or JAMES MACAVOY FC 😂
Please comment below or message me if you are interested.
this will be long term, 1x1, 18+
plot: based of lips of an angel by hinder. Zoe and Muse B were fwb, but after realising that they valued their friendship too much they stopped fooling around. Plus Muse B is good friends with Zoe's older brother Nate. Now they’re both in separate relationships and their partners are all kinds of uncomfortable with them still being friends so they start to drift. Zoe calls Muse B one night after a big fight with their partner and Muse B sneaks into the bathroom and has to whisper bc their partner can’t know they’re talking and they talk Zoe down from a panic attack. this happens over and over again until one night they’re all at the same baclub at the same time. muse b gets into a fight with Zoe's partner and Zoe is all i don’t know who i’m meant to defend so muse b is all don’t call me the next time he screams at you….. but that night muse b wakes up to a phone call, sees Zoe's name on their phone and doesn’t hesitate to sneak into the bathroom to talk them down again.give me muse b sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet Zoe and play with their haishare a cigarette/joint while they whisper about how they keep dreaming about each other + how they both just wanna move on but cant. Give me i cant quit you fwb feels. Give me sneaking around and unable to not touch each other. all the tension, feels and angst.
If you want a bio for Zoe, just ask!
This will be done on Discord or Wire. Message me for my usernames
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2019.12.25 03:04 livingdeaddoll666 OC discord or wire rp [F4M]

Name: lexie age: 27 writing style: 3rd person past tense, 1x1. length: semi para to novella speed: rapid fire or daily (depends on schedule)
What im searching for: 18+ literate roleplayers. Im not crazy strict on grammar but have proper spelling and use punctuation please. must write 3rd person and past tense
triggers: none
Character IM playing: Zoe Rivas (OC)
Character YOU play: Any characteOC you want just give a Skeet Ulrich or James Macavoy FC 😂
Please comment below or message me if you are interested.
this will be long term, 1x1, 18+
plot: based of lips of an angel by hinder. Zoe and Muse B were fwb, but after realising that they valued their friendship too much they stopped fooling around. Plus Muse B is good friends with Zoe's older brother Nate. Now they’re both in separate relationships and their partners are all kinds of uncomfortable with them still being friends so they start to drift. Zoe calls Muse B one night after a big fight with their partner and Muse B sneaks into the bathroom and has to whisper bc their partner can’t know they’re talking and they talk Zoe down from a panic attack. this happens over and over again until one night they’re all at the same baclub at the same time. muse b gets into a fight with Zoe's partner and Zoe is all i don’t know who i’m meant to defend so muse b is all don’t call me the next time he screams at you….. but that night muse b wakes up to a phone call, sees Zoe's name on their phone and doesn’t hesitate to sneak into the bathroom to talk them down again. give me muse b sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet Zoe and play with their haishare a cigarette/joint while they whisper about how they keep dreaming about each other + how they both just wanna move on but cant. Give me i cant quit you fwb feels. Give me sneaking around and unable to not touch each other. all the tension, feels and angst.
If you want a bio and faceclaim for Zoe, just ask!
Message me for my discord or wire username
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2019.12.25 02:47 livingdeaddoll666 18+1x1 Discord or Wire OC roleplay

Name: lexie age: 27 writing style: 3rd person past tense, 1x1. length: semi para to novella speed: rapid fire or daily (depends on schedule)
What im searching for: 18+ literate roleplayers. Im not crazy strict on grammar but have proper spelling and use punctuation please. must write 3rd person and past tense
triggers: none
Character IM playing: Zoe Rivas (OC)
Character YOU play: Any characteOC you want just give a Skeet Ulrich or James Macavoy FC 😂
Please comment below or message me if you are interested.
this will be long term, 1x1, 18+
plot: based of lips of an angel by hinder. Zoe and Muse B were fwb, but after realising that they valued their friendship too much they stopped fooling around. Plus Muse B is good friends with Zoe's older brother Nate. Now they’re both in separate relationships and their partners are all kinds of uncomfortable with them still being friends so they start to drift. Zoe calls Muse B one night after a big fight with their partner and Muse B sneaks into the bathroom and has to whisper bc their partner can’t know they’re talking and they talk Zoe down from a panic attack. this happens over and over again until one night they’re all at the same baclub at the same time. muse b gets into a fight with Zoe's partner and Zoe is all i don’t know who i’m meant to defend so muse b is all don’t call me the next time he screams at you….. but that night muse b wakes up to a phone call, sees Zoe's name on their phone and doesn’t hesitate to sneak into the bathroom to talk them down again. give me muse b sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet Zoe and play with their haishare a cigarette/joint while they whisper about how they keep dreaming about each other + how they both just wanna move on but cant. Give me i cant quit you fwb feels. Give me sneaking around and unable to not touch each other. all the tension, feels and angst.
If you want a bio and faceclaim for Zoe, just ask!
I write on discord or wire so message me for my usernames
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2019.07.05 00:29 OneNutPhil Nikita Zaitsev: The Complete Trilogy

Since Zaitsev is on his way to Ottawa I figured you guys might want to see some of this. Yes, this is a lot to take in at once. This is a x-post from leafs obviously.
You won't find a bigger collection of Zaitsev footage. There's regular season footage linked in the following paragraph.
The original thread is here. This whole this is kind of a long story but enjoy lol.
Oh boy.
A lot of negative stuff gets said about Zaitsev so a while ago I went out to provide an alternative point of view. This kind of became a series of Zaitsev posts so I figure I should link back to previous posts: Episode 1 and Episode 2 (for end of regular season footage). To close out the season I wanted to do a more detailed and two-sided approach so enjoy the bloopers.
Muzzin-Zaitsev played against the Bruins top line and did very well for most of the series. However they were terrible in Game 2.
5v5 Playoff stats Muzzin-Zaitsev
TOI 98:37min
xGF% 49.36%
CF% 49.39%
FF% 47.69%
SF% 49.46%
SCF% 52.78%
HDCF% 50.00%
HDGF% 25.00%
PDO 0.938
Offensive Zone Faceoff % 40.30%
In this series, Zaitsev's primary job was to handle Marchand, similar to the 2017 playoffs vs Ovechkin.

Game 1 TOR-BOS 4-1

1 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 77.05% SCF%: 66.67%
Diving pokecheck to break up a 2-on-1 from Heinen and Johansson. Preventing a 2 goal Boston lead.
Takes hard slapshot that goes wide of the net and ends on Nylander's stick for a dangerous chance.
Good interception at center ice and dumps it back in the offensive zone to sustain pressure. A better player would've probably carried it in or passed but he did fine here.
Kadri fans, Z recovers
Extra: Denies Marchand .......... Shoots for Hyman redirect .......... Helps Hyman win DZ faceoff.
Bloopers:
Two braindead giveaways from Zaitsev that just make you ask why?

Game 2 TOR-BOS 1-4

0 GF - 3 GA xGF%: 22.93% SCF%: 28.57%
Clean pass to Marner almost sets up a great tic-tac-toe to JT. MacAvoy's desperation pokecheck likely saved a goal here.
A full ~100 second shift on PK 2 successful clears and a 3rd that get's stopped at the blueline. Hainsey picks up the 4th clear to end the shift.
Quick entry prevention & pass to JT.
Extra: Nope.
Bloopers:
Mishandles the puck and lose body position on the puck. Immediate turnover and goal against from the slot.
One of those shifts that looks like it's about to go well and then falls apart fast.
Gardiner-Zaitsev played together for one shift this game, wanna guess at how that looked?

Game 3 BOS-TOR 2-3

0 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 58.44% SCF%: 57.14%
Safe defensive recovery to prevent a possible Pastrnak scoring chance
A full sequence of Zaitsev shadowing Marchand
Nice and clean stretch pass to Kapanen
Solid stretch pass. The Office gif is accurate.
Sneaky pokecheck on Marchand gives Marner a scoring chance
Hits Bergeron into boards and runs over to piss off Marchand after the whistle. Definitely gets into his head here.
Takes puck out of danger. Whew
Extra: Finishing hit on Pastrnak and Clearing Debrusk from the crease.
Bloopers:
Allows a free HD chance from Heinen -> Coyle
Gives the puck away, gets a 2nd chance, launched it over the glass.
Note: Hyman, Marner, and Zaitsev all played a 2min+ shift (multiple shifts) to close out the game. This is the game where Marner made the big shot block at the end.

Game 4 BOS-TOR 6-4

0 GF - 3 GA xGF%: 46.28% SCF%: 50.00%
I'm going to outright disagree with the stats on this one. This game was a great defensive showing by Zaitsev.
Wins footrace against Marchand to make the pass. After, good defensive board play on Acciari and a nice backhand pass to clear.
Blocks a for sure goal from Marchand. Comes within inches of blocking the pass that would lead to the Pastrnak one-timer.
Intercepts pass and stops Heinen zone entry
Another Marchand footrace, he passes to JT easily this time.
Breakout pass to Hyman
Keeps pressure on Krejci and doesn't let him make room.
Maintains possession from Krejci with a self-pass
Extra: Decent shot on net .......... Quick pass under pressure from Marchand. .......... Prevents Heinen Zone Entry .......... Shoots for Hyman redirect
Bloopers:
Shot by puck, is hurt, get's scored on. You gotta ask for him from him on this play but I haven't been shot by a puck like that.
Blocks Marchand's pass with his skate but Marchand just sends a 2nd pass for a goal

Game 5 TOR-BOS 2-1

1 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 53.04% SCF%: 54.55%
Fires 2 two shots wide but steps up for a much more dangerous chance on the 3rd attempt.
Receives pass from Andersen. Makes a breakout pass to Johnsson, who just chips it in for a change.
Ties up Pastrnak's stick and gets away with a playoffs crosscheck.
Defensive efforts on the PK.
D to D passing at the end of a shift.
Holds blueline from Marchand.
Pokechecks away Marchand's Entry.
Extra: Stops another Marchand Zone Entry .......... Safe pass, pressured by Pastrnak .......... Hustles to prevent the Bruins' cycle .......... Wins (it's close) an icing race vs Marchand .......... Breaks up possession from Marchand on Zone Entry one last time w/ 25sec left and a 2-1 lead
Bloopers:
20 seconds of absolute chaos that only Zaitsev could attract.
I couldn't decide on this being a defensive play or a blooper. I'd say it was fairly good work against Bergeron and Marchand though.

Game 6 BOS-TOR 4-2

0 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 20.07% SCF%: 25.00%
This game was just a low event game for Zaitsev while the forwards' offence was also dried up.
Ties up Marchand to leave the puck for Marner.
Stops Marchand and prevents him from making an entry pass.
Hard slapshot on pass from Marleau, just wide of net.
Get's a decent wristshot on net through traffic.
Takes puck out of danger and send it up the boards for Matthews.
Extra: .......... Takes loose puck out of danger, pass up to Marner .......... Shoots for Brown redirect .......... Uncontrolled entry pass for the forecheckers To me, this is set-play for the forecheck so I included it.
Bloopers:
Throws 110% into a hit on Marchand.

Game 7 TOR-BOS 5-1

1 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 44.08% SCF%: 61.54%
Intercepts a pass to Marchand and makes the zone entry. Offside due to a very slow change by Hyman (he's obviously really banged up by this point).
Good board positioning on Marchand, loses the battle when Bergeron steps in.
Steps up for a zone entry, passes off to Marner.
Prevents Marchand from making and offensive space and forces a bad pass.
Good defensive stickwork on Heinen.
Exit pass to Marner while under pressure from Bergeron & Marchand
Keeps puck from Bergeron to make exit pass
Extra: Breaks up Pastrnak's possession .......... Controlled exit pass to Johnsson .......... Quick pass to keep puck from Bergeron .......... Steals puck from Heinen's zone entry .......... Pokes the puck away from Marchand, into the bench
Bloopers:
Bad exit pass and defensive breakdown leads to HD chance against.
Pass to Marner goes straight to Marchand's tape, this would've been an infuriating goal against.
 

Media perspective:

Let me be the first to say, Nikita Zaitsev is going to have amazing trade value this summer. Love the playoffs.
- Hardev Lad @PPPLeafs
 
Fine defensively. A problem when he has to handle the puck... He just doesn't have much presence in the offensive zone... But an admirable showing facing top competition much of the series.
- James Mirtle @TheAthletic
 
I've long been in the camp that "Nikita Zaitsev isn't very good" (which I still hold to this day), but we have to give him some credit for how well he played in the playoffs, particularly against Brad Marchand (the left winger who was coming down his side of the ice).
- Ian Tulloch u/LeafsGeeksPodcast
 
1. Nikita Zaitsev is doing everything expected of him in these playoffs and I couldn't be more relieved. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 xGF%
2. He is doing this while getting the fewest offensive zone starts along with his partner Jake Muzzin. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 OZ Start Ratio
3. Zaitsev is also leading the team in expected goal suppression, this credit goes to his teammates as well, Muzzin and the JT line. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 xGA/60 (Goal suppression)
4. Zaitsev has also faced the toughest Quality of Competition - driven by the Bergeron line matchup. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 QoC
- @Billius27 u/Billius27
 
SDP discussing Zaitsev (Post-Game 4) Later Steve adds, "Zaitsev's job is sort of just 'Get the puck and take it out' which has been a huge weakness of his. I think he's been better during the playoffs than he has been in the regular season in terms of that. So maybe I should ease off him a bit."
SDP praising, and shitting on, and then praising Zaitsev again (Post-Game 6) "...But! All that being said, better than I thought."
- Steve Dangle u/SteveDangle
 
CJ on the SDP (Post-Game 7)
If you remove the fact he has 5 more years on his deal I think he's a serviceable defenceman in the NHL. ("He's a 5-6." -Adam) Right. And maybe even a little bit above that like, he played pretty well in the playoffs.
- Chris Johnston @reporterchris
 
1. Nikita Zaitsev's playoffs across 2 seasons in 14 games vs BOS (all stats at 5v5, score and venue adjusted) - along with rank amongst Leafs D:
50.93% CF (3rd)
56.02% xG (1st)
54.56% SCF (1st)
59.95% HDCF (1st)
 
2. Zaitsev in 121 5v5 mins vs Chara/McAvoy: 55+% CF, 60+% xG
In 75+ 5v5 mins vs each of Marchand/Bergeron/Pastrnak: ~50% CF, 54+% xGF
We can chalk it up to his linemates/teammates if you want... But he has gotten impeccable results against dominant opposition.
 
- Stephen Burtch Sportsnet
Here's a link to his Twitter opinions on Zaitsev just through April. There's a LOT of evidence here for anyone that wants to read more on this topic. He might be the one person who's been on the Zaitsev train longer than me. He has much more credibility than I do so give that thread a quick scroll.
 
Am I making sense?
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2019.05.01 14:54 OneNutPhil Nikita Zaitsev: The Complete Trilogy

Oh boy.
A lot of negative stuff gets said about Zaitsev so a while ago I went out to provide an alternative point of view. This kind of became a series of Zaitsev posts so I figure I should link back to previous posts: Episode 1 and Episode 2. Also, here's the OG thread from back in January (here's a TL;DR to the old thread). To close out the season I wanted to do a more detailed and two-sided approach so enjoy the bloopers.
Muzzin-Zaitsev played against the Bruins top line and did very well for most of the series. However they were terrible in Game 2.
5v5 Playoff stats Muzzin-Zaitsev
TOI 98:37min
xGF% 49.36%
CF% 49.39%
FF% 47.69%
SF% 49.46%
SCF% 52.78%
HDCF% 50.00%
HDGF% 25.00%
PDO 0.938
Offensive Zone Faceoff % 40.30%
In this series, Zaitsev's primary job was to handle Marchand, similar to the 2017 playoffs vs Ovechkin.

Game 1 TOR-BOS 4-1

1 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 77.05% SCF%: 66.67%
Diving pokecheck to break up a 2-on-1 from Heinen and Johansson. Preventing a 2 goal Boston lead.
Takes hard slapshot that goes wide of the net and ends on Nylander's stick for a dangerous chance.
Good interception at center ice and dumps it back in the offensive zone to sustain pressure. A better player would've probably carried it in or passed but he did fine here.
Kadri fans, Z recovers
Extra: Denies Marchand .......... Shoots for Hyman redirect .......... Helps Hyman win DZ faceoff.
Bloopers:
Two braindead giveaways from Zaitsev that just make you ask why?

Game 2 TOR-BOS 1-4

0 GF - 3 GA xGF%: 22.93% SCF%: 28.57%
Clean pass to Marner almost sets up a great tic-tac-toe to JT. MacAvoy's desperation pokecheck likely saved a goal here.
A full ~100 second shift on PK 2 successful clears and a 3rd that get's stopped at the blueline. Hainsey picks up the 4th clear to end the shift.
Quick entry prevention & pass to JT.
Extra: Nope.
Bloopers:
Mishandles the puck and lose body position on the puck. Immediate turnover and goal against from the slot.
One of those shifts that looks like it's about to go well and then falls apart fast.
Gardiner-Zaitsev played together for one shift this game, wanna guess at how that looked?

Game 3 BOS-TOR 2-3

0 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 58.44% SCF%: 57.14%
Safe defensive recovery to prevent a possible Pastrnak scoring chance
Edit: A full sequence of Zaitsev shadowing Marchand
Edit: Nice and clean stretch pass to Kapanen
Solid stretch pass. The Office gif is accurate.
Edit: Sneaky pokecheck on Marchand gives Marner a scoring chance
Edit: Hits Bergeron into boards and runs over to piss off Marchand after the whistle. Definitely gets into his head here.
Takes puck out of danger. Whew
Extra: Finishing hit on Pastrnak and Clearing Debrusk from the crease.
Bloopers:
Allows a free HD chance from Heinen -> Coyle
Gives the puck away, gets a 2nd chance, launched it over the glass.
Note: Hyman, Marner, and Zaitsev all played a 2min+ shift (multiple shifts) to close out the game. This is the game where Marner made the big shot block at the end.

Game 4 BOS-TOR 6-4

0 GF - 3 GA xGF%: 46.28% SCF%: 50.00%
I'm going to outright disagree with the stats on this one. This game was a great defensive showing by Zaitsev.
Wins footrace against Marchand to make the pass. After, good defensive board play on Acciari and a nice backhand pass to clear.
Blocks a for sure goal from Marchand. Comes within inches of blocking the pass that would lead to the Pastrnak one-timer.
Intercepts pass and stops Heinen zone entry
Another Marchand footrace, he passes to JT easily this time.
Breakout pass to Hyman
Keeps pressure on Krejci and doesn't let him make room.
Maintains possession from Krejci with a self-pass
Extra: Decent shot on net .......... Quick pass under pressure from Marchand. .......... Prevents Heinen Zone Entry .......... Shoots for Hyman redirect
Bloopers:
Shot by puck, is hurt, get's scored on. You gotta ask for him from him on this play but I haven't been shot by a puck like that.
Blocks Marchand's pass with his skate but Marchand just sends a 2nd pass for a goal

Game 5 TOR-BOS 2-1

1 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 53.04% SCF%: 54.55%
Fires 2 two shots wide but steps up for a much more dangerous chance on the 3rd attempt.
Receives pass from Andersen. Makes a breakout pass to Johnsson, who just chips it in for a change.
Ties up Pastrnak's stick and gets away with a playoffs crosscheck.
Defensive efforts on the PK.
D to D passing at the end of a shift.
Holds blueline from Marchand.
Pokechecks away Marchand's Entry.
Extra: Stops another Marchand Zone Entry .......... Safe pass, pressured by Pastrnak .......... Hustles to prevent the Bruins' cycle .......... Wins (it's close) an icing race vs Marchand .......... Breaks up possession from Marchand on Zone Entry one last time w/ 25sec left and a 2-1 lead
Bloopers:
20 seconds of absolute chaos that only Zaitsev could attract.
I couldn't decide on this being a defensive play or a blooper. I'd say it was fairly good work against Bergeron and Marchand though.

Game 6 BOS-TOR 4-2

0 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 20.07% SCF%: 25.00%
This game was just a low event game for Zaitsev while the forwards' offence was also dried up.
Ties up Marchand to leave the puck for Marner.
Stops Marchand and prevents him from making an entry pass.
Hard slapshot on pass from Marleau, just wide of net.
Get's a decent wristshot on net through traffic.
Takes puck out of danger and send it up the boards for Matthews.
Extra: .......... Takes loose puck out of danger, pass up to Marner .......... Shoots for Brown redirect .......... Uncontrolled entry pass for the forecheckers To me, this is set-play for the forecheck so I included it.
Bloopers:
Throws 110% into a hit on Marchand.

Game 7 TOR-BOS 5-1

1 GF - 0 GA xGF%: 44.08% SCF%: 61.54%
Intercepts a pass to Marchand and makes the zone entry. Offside due to a very slow change by Hyman (he's obviously really banged up by this point).
Good board positioning on Marchand, loses the battle when Bergeron steps in.
Steps up for a zone entry, passes off to Marner.
Prevents Marchand from making and offensive space and forces a bad pass.
Good defensive stickwork on Heinen.
Exit pass to Marner while under pressure from Bergeron & Marchand
Keeps puck from Bergeron to make exit pass
Extra: Breaks up Pastrnak's possession .......... Controlled exit pass to Johnsson .......... Quick pass to keep puck from Bergeron .......... Steals puck from Heinen's zone entry .......... Pokes the puck away from Marchand, into the bench
Bloopers:
Bad exit pass and defensive breakdown leads to HD chance against.
Pass to Marner goes straight to Marchand's tape, this would've been an infuriating goal against.
 

Media perspective:

Let me be the first to say, Nikita Zaitsev is going to have amazing trade value this summer. Love the playoffs.
- Hardev Lad @PPPLeafs
 
Fine defensively. A problem when he has to handle the puck... He just doesn't have much presence in the offensive zone... But an admirable showing facing top competition much of the series.
- James Mirtle @TheAthletic
 
I've long been in the camp that "Nikita Zaitsev isn't very good" (which I still hold to this day), but we have to give him some credit for how well he played in the playoffs, particularly against Brad Marchand (the left winger who was coming down his side of the ice).
- Ian Tulloch u/LeafsGeeksPodcast
 
1. Nikita Zaitsev is doing everything expected of him in these playoffs and I couldn't be more relieved. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 xGF%
2. He is doing this while getting the fewest offensive zone starts along with his partner Jake Muzzin. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 OZ Start Ratio
3. Zaitsev is also leading the team in expected goal suppression, this credit goes to his teammates as well, Muzzin and the JT line. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 xGA/60 (Goal suppression)
4. Zaitsev has also faced the toughest Quality of Competition - driven by the Bergeron line matchup. Defensemen Playoff 5v5 QoC
- @Billius27 u/Billius27
 
SDP discussing Zaitsev (Post-Game 4) Later Steve adds, "Zaitsev's job is sort of just 'Get the puck and take it out' which has been a huge weakness of his. I think he's been better during the playoffs than he has been in the regular season in terms of that. So maybe I should ease off him a bit."
SDP praising, and shitting on, and then praising Zaitsev again (Post-Game 6) "...But! All that being said, better than I thought."
- Steve Dangle u/SteveDangle
 
CJ on the SDP (Post-Game 7)
If you remove the fact he has 5 more years on his deal I think he's a serviceable defenceman in the NHL. ("He's a 5-6." -Adam) Right. And maybe even a little bit above that like, he played pretty well in the playoffs.
- Chris Johnston @reporterchris
 
1. Nikita Zaitsev's playoffs across 2 seasons in 14 games vs BOS (all stats at 5v5, score and venue adjusted) - along with rank amongst Leafs D:
50.93% CF (3rd)
56.02% xG (1st)
54.56% SCF (1st)
59.95% HDCF (1st)
 
2. Zaitsev in 121 5v5 mins vs Chara/McAvoy: 55+% CF, 60+% xG
In 75+ 5v5 mins vs each of Marchand/Bergeron/Pastrnak: ~50% CF, 54+% xGF
We can chalk it up to his linemates/teammates if you want... But he has gotten impeccable results against dominant opposition.
 
- Stephen Burtch Sportsnet
Here's a link to his Twitter opinions on Zaitsev just through April. There's a LOT of evidence here for anyone that wants to read more on this topic. He might be the one person who's been on the Zaitsev train longer than me. He has much more credibility than I do so give that thread a quick scroll.
 
Am I making sense?
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