So where is the up ? The down I can find plenty of, the only up I see is a uber end-game hero. So yes, it might make sense to swith to the Veil once you can build him. But not early. I have made that point in another post : the Veil is fine in the late game, but underpowered in the early game. There are just too many draw backs and not enough frank, unmitigated love. The Savant has drawback (can't create culture) The Diseased Corpse has drawbacks (makes a crappy city defender, hard to use in attack) The Infernal Grimoire has drawback (summons a barbarian Balor) The Demon Altar has drawback (-1 happiness) The Holy city has drawback (entropy magic, big penalty to diplomacy) The Ritualist has drawack (need a reagent to build) Sacrifice the weak has drawbacks big time (-2 health, -20% GPP) Wait... Rosier the Fallen is fine, a standard hero ! Meanwhile, all the other religions can boast of something special, something all good that doesn't come with strings attached. If you really want every single Ashen Veil aspect to come with penalties attached, at least they should bring more benefits !