ooodrin;n9427791 said:Betray: ---SNIP---
One can have other reasons to betray someone beside being sociopath. It's still called "betrayal".
Does this mean Triss is a horrible human being? No. What this means is - she sided with the organization with shady motives against the interest of three of the main characters from the novels.
The issue is - royalty/nobility usually are responsible for raising and supporting their kids before marrying them off. On the other side, Lodge never did anything for Ciri, they were just threatening her.
There is also that thing about being Lodge's puppet + Tancred's mistress =/= Queen of Kovir.
But, apart from those two very insignificant details, what aristocracy is doing with their children is the same to what Lodge planned to do with Ciri.
I think Triss failed to refuse to allow herself to be pigeon holed, and that's all she failed at.
She most certainly did not do something against the interest of Geralt and Ciri. If anything, Yen did. Yen had information, that if it had be given to The Lodge, could have been used to find Vilgafortse, and save Ciri from him.
Let's assume, that Yen's view was right, that Vilgafotse has Ciri, and that Geralt will get his ass kicked when Geralt attacks Vilgafotse again.
Then let's consider the risk that Vilgafotrse could defeat her, and that The Lodge gives up after a year of looking because they assume he has her, and has already impregnated and discarded her.
The result is Vilgafotse slits Yen's throat, dumps her in a ditch. Vilgafortse impregnates Ciri, takes the baby, slits Ciri's throat, and dumps her in a ditch. Geralt attacks Vilgafotrse, Vilgafortse defeats Geralt, slits Geralts throat, dumps him in a ditch.
This risk was the danger Yen could assume quite possible. And she went against The Lodge anyway.
Triss on the other hand, knew that saving Ciri and Geralt could be assured through the Lodge finding Vilgafortse. You might not like what The Lodge wanted, not that it was all that relatively abnormal, but what they wanted is definitely a better outcome than what Yen could assume would happen if she failed to defeat Vilgafortse.
I'm not sure you're correct that she was to become his mistress. Tancred's wife is the one who will have the right to have her children put on the thrown. Not Tancred's bastards. Most kings had bastard children. I'm not sure that Kovir requires royal blood for marriages either.