Interacting with one item is free. Interacting with two items is not. This leads to the odd case that if I have an apple in one hand and a flagon in the other I can drop either but not both.
Disclaimer: I newly come to 5e from Pathfinder.
I've been searching for possible workarounds RAW which may or may not be legal:
- Dropping an object is not an object interaction (DM says otherwise but if someone can find something RAW that supports the premise I'd like to hear about it).
- Drop the apple as part of a move, drop the flagon as part of the action. This uses up both object interactions so don't plan on picking up that drumstick.
- I get a third object interaction with use of a bonus action. Since actions can be used in any order I can still cast my spells.
- Use an object allows me to drop or stow both but now I've wasted my action which obviates the point.
- Having a component pouch is considered a spell focus and it's not necessary to interact with it as an object.
- Use of a component pouch to cast a spell is not an object interaction, its an integral and indivisible part of casting the spell.
- Drawing a spell focus to cast a spell is not an object interaction, its an integral and indivisible part of casting the spell.
Use case is I have a torch and a map in my hands. I want to cast a spell with a material component. I need to drop the map to free up a hand to cast the spell.
Use case 2 is I have a torch and a map in my hands. I want to cast a spell with a spell focus. I need to drop the map to free up a hand in order to grab the spell focus.
I encourage opinion or unofficial comments but for a solution I need something official in writing with reference link.