[A Realm Reborn Spoilers]
According to Phalloria when Dalamud first turned the shade of blood and fire her people, who greatly admired the nature of the stars, were terrified. When she brought up the idea of seeking an audience at the Sharlayan colony a misinformed report reached her stating the colony was destroyed by a herd of metallic beasts led by half-triclops humanoids.
It would be years before she could visit the abandoned colony herself and she stood heartbroken at the sight of what was once a proud seat of learning. She was eventually informed by locals that the Sharlayans left the colony of their own volition, which was an immeasurable relief.