The industrial revolution started 300 years ago. In essence, it is a competition between gods to see who can train their followers the best so that they are able to reproduce high levels of magic and boost the economy of their respective countries. The forging god is one of the founder of our capital and still one of our major patron gods. He is also one of the main initiators of the industrial revolution.
Since he started his patronage of our people, he has taught us how to forge many objects, particularly farming tools and weapons. It took times for him and us to learn how to invent the best technique so that mere mortals would be able to reproduce the wonderful artefact he can easily create with his magic. Our progress was slow until the forging god understood how best to transform the matter itself with which we were working.
Thanks to his forays into alchemy and his sharing with us of his discovery, we are now able to create a whole range of metal alloys that are unknown to the rest of the world. Each of those alloys has unique properties on their own, and the magic of alchemy can further bend those properties to accommodate us. All of this has allowed us to develop amazingly small and delicate instruments able to work with a precision completely unequalled by anything else.
We are no world renown for many of those, such as our stopwatches, telescopes, microscopes, magical lenses, weights, and all the gears and other parts that go into the making of the many machines at the heart of the industrial revolution. Of course, this has led to an extraordinary high number of attempts of stealing those secrets from us so as to deprive us of these advantages. However, the forging god is keeping his secrets very close, and even his mortal followers are extremely tight-lipped, no matter how much or how little they know of what they are doing. Because of this, even us, archivists at the royal archives, have no access to this information! A true scandal!