...was that a blacksmith will temper metal by repeated cycles of heating and cooling. Heated until it's glowing, then plunged into cold water, over and over and over, the metal will become stronger with each iteration.
But there is a price that the metal must pay.
It loses flexibility.
It becomes brittle.
It may shatter.
She forged me, made me stronger than I was before. But then, then she either dropped me or she flung me away from her or she simply failed to take care with where she placed me. It made no difference to me why I struck the ground when I did.
I fell, or I was dropped, or I was thrown.
And I shattered.