Their world had always been one of peace, quiet, and calm and fitting for the shadows they had become. It was easy to become complacent, lulled by routine and a sense of security they had never felt before. They walked with the heartbeat of their world.
It had become such an innate, natural part of the lives they lead, that with Ganondorf's arrival, came such a shock that rippled to the Twilight Realm's very core. The denizens were thrown into chaos and had no way to return to the peace they had once known. It was gone.
And Ganondorf made sure to stamp out all hope.
Their princess became a prize, a symbol of Ganondorf's victory over them. And they, in effect, became empty shells. Midna was gone and without her, picking up the pieces of what used to be their lives would be all but impossible.