On May 26, the Red Cross Clan won the Tower for an unprecedented fourth year in a row. This gives them five towers overall since the inception of the clans at The Heights, tying them with the Red Rose and pulling them ahead of the White Lily clan, which has four.
The White Lily had won its fourth title back in 2013, and many of its members bragged that it would soon catch up to the previously dominating Red Rose in total number of Towers. Back then, the Red Cross was something of a joke, only having won once a dozen years prior. But the only ones laughing now are the Red Crossers, as they have been the ones to reach five wins and they appear unstoppable.
For the first three years of this impressive winning streak, the Red Cross was able to win the Tower by winning the lion’s share of points in the competitions of the bard. Last year, they went into the March clan day over one hundred points behind the White Lily, but after the bard competitions, they were about that much ahead. This year, however, the other three clans really stepped up their game in this area. Indeed, the White Lily actually came out slightly ahead of the other clans in both bard competitions this year. The Red Cross fared better than they usually do in the games, and that was how they were able to secure a fourth Tower. This all started when they went into the tug-o-war in third place on the All Saints Clan Day back in November. In an event which the White Lily had traditionally done very well, the Red Cross was able to pull into first, and they have never looked back.
Going into Tower Day, the Red Cross had a pretty sizable lead. After a half-day of clan games, and then the valley of the trials, they kept their lead and ended with a remarkable 1303 points. The only drama on this day was that the White Lily passed the Red Rose (by only 16 points) to earn second place, behind the Red Cross, for the fourth straight year. The Gold Cross remained comfortably in last place, as they have become accustomed to doing. How long will this Red Cross domination last? We will have to wait until next year to find out.