One day in China, a lumberjack was caught unknowingly cutting down one of the emperor's favorite type of tree. Because of this, the lumberjack was taken into captivity. The surrounding towns in which the lumberjack had lived believed this to be unjust and schemed to free the man. They were able to convince the servant who brought the man food every day to give him a scroll. On that scroll, there was one line of words. This is what it said:
The bottom of the scroll had three words: 为什么是子弹
What should the lumberjack do, based on the scroll?
Later on that day, the lumberjack received another scroll with his lunch. It said this:
It was said that you wanted to empress the emperor.
There are multiple layers of bark on an empress tree. Similar to the encryption.
There are three layers of encryption. (If you want extra help, one of the encryptions is transposition. Good luck. Also, none of the stories involving the hints actually matter. (The lunch part doesn't matter).