With such a grandiose name, I envision the Man O' War to be the super god of translucent sea beings. Maybe it can swim at great speeds, or perhaps its tentacles are three times the length of a normal jellyfish with human heat-sensing capabilities. I started to ponder the origin of the name and research more about these creatures.
"The English common name for the genus Physalia, "man-of-war" is borrowed from the man-of-war, a powerful 16th century sailing ship of English ... based on its resemblance the Portuguese-built caravel. In the 16th century, the English adapted the earlier Portuguese caravel design for its man-of-war class ship, and presumably as "man-of-war" replaced "caravel" in the English navy, so it also did in the English language," according to Princeton.edu.
I learn that the Man O' War is not a jellyfish, but rather a colony of four organisms that function together. Each organism has a separate, specific role: floating, feeding, defense, and reproduction. The long, thin tentacles of the Man O' War can extend more than 150 feet below the water's surface; however, like the bladder, the tentacles rely on the wind and water to move them. While the sting of these tentacles may be extremely painful, the wounds are rarely deadly in humans.
At this point in my research, I am not impressed or convinced that such a helpless, heartless, codependent cluster of jelly-like polyps are deserving of a name like Man Of War. Of course, I see the striking phallic qualities and the nickname "bluebottle" helps lead the mind, but this is no warship.
What could be used to wage war (especially a war between men)?
Back to work....