After vanquishing the Pagan and Muslim kingdoms of the south and east during his early reign, Amda’s arrival at the Red Sea allowed him to address the plight of his brothers in Christ, as he now certainly saw himself as the shield and sword of Christendom in Africa. In 1325, or thereabouts, an Ethiopian embassy went to Cairo and had the temerity to issue a warning: if the sultan did not adopt a more tolerant attitude to the Christians, Amda Seyon could make life very difficult for the Muslims now under his power. The Ethiopian king further claimed he had the means to divert the course of the Nile, and would not hesitate to do so. His threats went unheeded, at first. It was not until early 1332 when, Amda faced the threat of a resurgent Ifat, that an opportunity presented itself to finally achieve the ambitions of his ancestors. Amda Seyon had a gift for leadership and believed in responding quickly and mercilessly to any threat. The sultan of Ifat, Sabr-Ed-Din had gathered a Muslim coalition to break Ethiopian power but the great Christian army, augmented now by a large contingent of Pagan and Muslim troops, brought out its holy relics from their chapels and under the lion banners of Solomon marched swiftly and directly on Ifat. Sabr-ed-Din was caught by surprise, his army was scattered and he also fled. Ifat was sacked, and his brother was installed as ruler. The King then led his sometimes mutinous army to re-subjugate the kingdoms of the Muslim coalition. At times the war effort was kept alive only through Amda’s own drive and personality, but it achieved brilliant results for the Christians in the end. With the security offered by the sword of Amda Seyon, clerics began to organise missionary efforts into areas that before were too hostile. In 1337, after pleas of the Ifatis reached Sultan An-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun in Cairo, the Abūn, Yakob was released to go to Ethiopia, the fulfilment of Solomonic ambition going back to Yekuno Amlak. 1332 marked the apotheosis of Amda Seyon as a conqueror, and his remaining twelve years as King are notable less for his direct role in fighting, but for the political stability that his conquests had brought, best seen in the missionary activities of Abūn Yacob between then & 1344 when Amda died. A great hero in Ethiopia, Amda is also remembered as a brutal conqueror but his main goal was always to present himself to Egypt and the wider Mediterranean as the leader and suzerain of all the kingdoms; christian, pagan and muslim, that surrounded the realm since the time of his grandfather, and in doing this he laid the foundations of an empire.