Matthew Ritchie  The Hard Way 1996

HUMANS

You already know the story. the first human couple will have twins. One will be a farmer, one will be a shepherd. The cursed son will build the first cities and will wander the earth forever. The favored son will die from an ax blow to the head. His children will be lost, wandering across the great wastes of Eurasia. Ten thousand years later, their revenge will come, as the great nomad hordes of H'siung Nu, the Mongol and the Viking sweep down on the crumbling cradles of civilization and sweep them into the dust. A thousand years after that, their descendants, under the signs of the white horse, the sickle, and the broken cross will set the kindling for a global bonfire. Favorite sons never have it easy.