This idea stems from an imagined concept of the lore for Minecraft's villagers and illagers. What makes them different, yet look so similar? It could be that a few villagers discovered some form of dark magic (evocation). Perhaps not only did it summon hostile spirits called Vexes and teeth that rise from the ground, but it also cursed the evoker and the villagers around him, giving them dead grey skin, and a hostile temperament.
So, with this in mind, what if the Evoker illager's magic could infect villagers ingame, through the Vexes' attacks? When hurt by a vex, a villager will start having particles floating around it, much like the opposite end of a zombie villager's appearance when it is being cured. The villager will have a few minutes before it has fully transformed into an illager (probably a vindicator or a pillager). To cure the mob in time, rather than having to use anything as expensive as splash potions and golden apples as when curing zombies, a bucket of milk could be dropped for the infected villager to pick up. It will drink the milk, lose all effects of the vex's attack, and drop the empty bucket for the player to collect. The curing process cannot be done once they've turned into an illager (post-infection curing is already available with zombie villagers).
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