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The Big Room is home to a supply of herbs, as well as numerous monsters of varying types. It can be a very dangerous area for inexperienced (or doomed) players due to its high monster generation rate and the ease with which the player can get surrounded. Summoners and breeders are exceptionally troublesome if left unchecked, since they can produce huge numbers of monsters and make the level virtually impassable - dark elves are particularly frustrating, since they'll often summon large hordes of spiders whose webs can disrupt herb growth. The safest way to deal with large groups of summoned monsters is to flee to the stairs, ascend (or descend) with a group of monsters, and kill them on another floor. Repeating this process will eventually clear out the summoned creatures since they will not reproduce while the PC is not on the level.
Numerous monsters of varying types.